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PSG teenager Ismael Gharbi meets his idol Lionel Messi in training
UnitedofManchester 2 months ago
Manchester United, England 14 73

PSG young talent Ismael Gharbi had a moment he will never forget on Thursday when Mauricio Pochettino invited him to meet his idol Lionel Messi in training.

The 17-year-old midfielder, who only made his professional debut on August 1 coming on as a substitute in the Trophée des Champions loss to Lille, was a little starstruck as he was involved in training yesterday.

And when he told Pochettino that six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi – who signed a two-year £1m per season deal this week – was his idol, the first-team boss took him over to meet the man of the moment, and Gharbi heartwarmingly said: ‘If you need something, I am here for you!’

With boss Mauricio Pochettino present, Gharbi said: ‘If you need something, I am here for you!’

The all-time great walked out onto the pitch yesterday for the first time since Argentina’s Copa America final triumph earlier this summer, and was put through his paces at PSG’s Camp des Loges training complex.

Despite only arriving in Paris on Tuesday, he is reportedly already desperate to feature this weekend.

His return from downtime was marked with simple exercises, with Messi’s workload set to gradually increase while he gears up for the new season. The run-out caught on camera saw him race towards some cones and high-five a coach.

Emobot7 2 months ago
458 10803

Thats heartwarming tbf.

DarthFooty 2 months ago
Queens Park Rangers, United States 16 820

We will see more stories like this as he is accessible to a whole different group. It's awesome!