Todibo makes ‘CRAZY’ Messi training revelation
Messi was an untouchable figure at Barca during his 17-year spell at the club, during which he set all-time records for appearances, goals and assists.
The Argentine, who recently claimed his eighth Ballon d’Or crown, was given special protection, according to Todibo, who played at Camp Nou from 2019-2021.
“At Barcelona they didn’t allow us to touch Messi in training. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. We had to be careful,” he is reported to have said by Marca.
“But that’s normal, he’s the best, and you don’t want to hurt him.”
Todibo has gone from strength to strength
The Frenchman has won his first international cap this season and his side are fighting at the top of the table, having not trailed for a single minute of football this term.
Todibo, meanwhile, has been attracting transfer interest himself, with Manchester United strongly linked with a move for the centre-back, who freely admits that he did not show his true potential at Barcelona because of his attitude.
“Nobody pushed me to leave Toulouse to go to Barcelona, nobody pushed me to make mistakes, I made them like a big boy. Today, that's what makes the man I am and the player I am. I'm very proud of them and very happy even if I would have preferred not to have made them,” he would later explain.
With Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who owns Nice, set to take over a 25% minority stake in Man Utd, the odds on Todibo moving to Old Trafford look good – but unfortunately for the Red Devils, they do not have a player the calibre of Messi who needs protection.