Alessandro Costacurta talks about first meeting with Lionel Messi


Alessandro Costacurta is a living Italian football legend.

The 54-year-old played for AC Milan from 1986 to 2007. With the Rossoneri he won the European Cup twice and the Champions League three times. With the Italian national team, for which he played 59 times, he also became runner-up in 1994.

The defender was known for his uncompromising style of play. With this he also prevailed against the best players in the world.

However, he has no good memories of a clash on the pitch: that of Lionel Messi, who was only 16 at the time.

‘Messi was only 16, for me he was just a kid at first. I thought I could do whatever I wanted with him. After 15 minutes I had to ask Carlo Ancelotti for my replacement,” he said Sky Sports Italia.

Costacurta: “Messi is more refined”

Costacurta also spoke about the eternal comparison between Messi and Diego Armando Maradona, against whom he also competed. ‘They’re similar because of their genius and the way they express themselves on the field, but Messi is more brilliant than Maradona. The difference is that we were able to foul Maradona 66 times before we saw a yellow card. This is different with Leo today. He’s more refined,” Costacurta said.

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