Bukayo Saka has named Barcelona star Sergio Busquets as the most difficult opponent he has played against. Both players clashed against each other in a preseason fixture when Arsenal played Barcelona. Saka who was 17 then, claims the Spaniard embarrassed him.
Saka was just breaking into the first team at the time. Unai Emery was trying out younger players in the preseason to get a good look at the quality of the academy players. Unai Emery brought Saka into the team and gave him a chance, and he did a pretty good job. However, The midfielder believes he got schooled by a Maestro.
“The way [Busquets] just so elegantly turned me! I came at him to press him, I tried to fake this side then go to the other, and the way he just embarrassed me: I was just like, yeah, this guy is elite.
The way he just took me out of the play, I said, ‘Respect.’ He is three steps ahead of everyone and that’s what makes you a top footballer. That’s what I realised that day.”
Saka is a big fan of Messi
Bukayo Saka also spoke highly about Messi. Then again, It wouldn’t be too surprising as the Argentine is arguably one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Saka was asked about a goal in football history he would like to score. He said that he would love to score the Messi goal in the Copa Del Ray final.
“Because of the moment, I think I would say Lionel Messi’s goal in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Club [in 2015], The one where he dribbled everyone.”
“Now that I play, I can see how hard it is to score that goal. People are trying to kick him, to bring him down in the process, and he just keeps going, and he still scored in the final, as well. I was just like, wow. When he says he’s going past you, you’re not stopping him!”
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