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'He's Not Normal': Kevin-Prince Boateng Recalls How Lionel Messi Almost Made Him Leave Football

Football star Kevin-Prince Boateng has confessed that he thought about quitting big sports during his time at Camp Nou because of Lionel Messi.

"Training with Messi left me speechless. I had always said that Cristiano Ronaldo was the best in the world, but Messi is something else. He's not normal", the midfielder told DAZN. "While training with him, I felt inadequate for the first time in my career. He was doing incredible things. I felt like saying, 'I'm done, I'm going to quit playing!'"

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Milan player Kevin-Prince Boateng in a group stage 2012/2013 UEFA Champions League match between football clubs Zenit (Russia, St. Petersburg) and Milan (Milan, Italy)

Boateng joined the Catalan club after a surprise loan move from Sassuolo in January 2019, winning a La Liga title in his six-month stint despite being given little playing time.

"The six months in Barcelona were incredible... At first, I didn't believe it. I thought it was Espanyol who wanted me, not the real Barcelona", he noted.

After winning the title, the player moved back to Italy, where he played for Fiorentina, and after a short period in Turkey in 2020, he went to Monza, where he is playing now.

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