The UEFA Champions League has pitted Barcelona against Juventus in the group stage, and Det can’t wait to test himself against the best.
A special moment for Dest, to play with Messi against Ronaldo
Sergino Dest has expressed his excitement at the opportunity to serve with both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The UEFA Champions League has pitted Barcelona against Juventus in the group stage, and Det can’t wait to test himself against the best. “It will be a special moment to play with Messi against Ronaldo,” he told journalists. Dest only arrived in Catalonia in early October, but he spoke of his joy at meeting his new teammates and being part of such a historic club. “Last Friday after the Celta Vigo match, I was able to meet all my new teammates, including Messi,” said the 19-year-old. “It was a special moment. It was a dream come true when I knew Barcelona was interested. I’ve always wanted to play here. They called my agent, and my agent then called me.
Sergino Dest loves challenges
“When I found out that they wanted me, my decision was made. “I love challenges, and that’s why I decided to come here and I want to play at the highest level and grow as a player. I hope to fit in here”. Bayern Munich also tracked dest over the summer, but he decided to make a move to Catalonia and is now looking to emulate the feats of Dani Alves. The Brazilian right-back has been key to the successful Barcelona sides of Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique, and Dest believes he can be just as effective in a team that prioritizes possession and attacking football. Dest has a language barrier to overcome at his new club, but he realizes that he speaks Dutch with Frenkie de Jong, who helped him settle in his new environment.
Dest is the first American ever to play for Barcelona, and he hopes that will inspire others to follow in his footsteps. “I hope it motivates other American players to work hard and think that one day they might end up in such a huge club like this,” he said.