On the sidelines of the knockout round of the Champions League between Naples and Barcelona, Lionel Messi had not hidden his joy to tread for the first time in his career the lawn of San Paolo.
“ I have been wanting to play in this stadium for a long time (San Paolo) and the opportunity did not come. It has arrived and I can’t wait to see how it is. It will be a great experience to play there , ” Messi told Mundo Deportivo.
As soon as he arrived in Italy, the attacker was warmly welcomed by Neapolitan supporters. Gathered in front of the Barcelonans’ hotel, they chanted “Diego, Diego”, awakening memories, especially that of Maradona which marked the history of Naples.
Guest commented on Lionel Messi’s move, Diego Maradona said his compatriot would be unable to accomplish what he did with Naples if he joined the club.
“I would have liked to face him at the San Paolo, of course. But he did not live at San Paolo what I experienced. He can play quietly there, but he can never do what I did, let’s be clear. But I would like us the Napolitans to have a Messi even if San Paolo remains Diego, “ he said in remarks relayed by the Gazzetta dello Sport.