“I have a Lionel Messi shirt from the moment we played Barcelona in the Champions League a couple of years ago.
It’s a great honor to play against Messi
Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger said he still values the Barcelona T-shirt he received from Lionel Messi – and that he might not have gotten his hands on it if it hadn’t been for Cesc Fabregas’s intervention. In 2017, Rudiger joined Chelsea from Roma and continued to defend the Blues. But of all the top players he encountered throughout his career, a small Argentine stands out. “I have a Lionel Messi shirt from the moment we played Barcelona in the Champions League a couple of years ago. It was a great honor for me to play against a player like Messi, so I just asked him after the match when we shook each other hands, “the German international explained to the official Chelsea website.
Antonio’s idol – George Weah
“I thought for sure that he didn’t want mine, but then Cesc Fabregas was there, and he said,” give him your shirt, he wants your shirt too! “When he grew up, however, Antonio had another icon: George Weah, who in 1995 became the first footballer born in Africa since Eusebio to receive the prestigious Ballon d’Or prize. Now the president of Liberia, ex-Milan, and PSG legend was the first name that appeared on the back of the quarterback t-shirt. It was a t-shirt that I made for myself,” he added. “My parents didn’t have enough money to buy me one, so I made one for myself – it was number nine, George Weah. “It was just a white T-shirt, and I wrote the number nine and his name on the back.”
Germany international doesn’t understand his team-mates English
So Rüdiger went on to admit that while he is pleased with his level of English, confident team-mates may be hard to understand. “I understand most things, but I don’t understand English of Ross Barkley! And Billy Gilmour – his Scottish accent is tough,” he said. “Did I learn the last word? There are many, but the last was rapid. For me, you say that guy quick, but Danny Drinkwater told me, “this guy is rapid,” and I didn’t know what that meant. I had a point when I thought about it, but I never had it in the dictionary before.”