Ghanaian international Mubarak Wakaso has admitted that Lionel Messi is a more difficult than his rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
In an exclusive interview with Nana Kweku Mensah Kaninja of Angel TV, the 29-year-old defensive midfielder made some revelations about his experience during his time in Spanish top football tier, La Liga
As a midfielder who has played for more than five clubs in Spain, between Barca’s and Real Madrid’s midfield, which club’s midfield is most difficult to play against?
“The Barcelona midfield is the most difficult I have faced. Even Real Madrid plays defensive against them and rely on counterattacks to score.”
Between Messi and Ronaldo, who is the most difficult to tackle when they are running with the ball?
“I will be very honest, the most difficult opponent I have met is Lionel Messi because he is very unpredictable and hard to tackle. As a footballer myself, I love how both of them [Ronaldo and Messi] play because they are two different players. But Messi is very dangerous.”
Have you ever rough-tackled Messi before and what is the most embarrassing dribble you suffered as a player?
“Oh yeah, I rough-tackled him when I was younger player at Villareal. He did not complain because he understood that it is our work as defensive midfielders to stop him from scoring.
The worst dribble I suffered was from him [Messi], when I was playing for Alaves last season.
In fact, the dribble was ‘stupid’ and very embarrassing. Christian Atsu has been mocking me every day with that embarrassing dribble”
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Mubarak Wakaso currently plays for Jiangsu Suning F.C. in the Chinese Super League. He began his football journey in Ghana by playing for Ashanti Gold between 2007 and 2008
He spent the better part of his career in Spain, starting out at Elche in 2008 and going on to also represent Villareal, Espanyol, Las Palmas, Granada and Alavés.
He has earned 58 caps with the national team and has 12 international goals to his name.