Rahul Dravid watches Barcelona win at Camp Nou, calls Lionel Messi ‘a genius’
"It’s incredible, it’s a huge honour."
Updated - Apr 8, 2019 11:39 am
Rahul Dravid, on Saturday, attended the football match between Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the iconic Camp Nou. The legendary cricket was invited by the home team to enjoy the game of football. The former India skipper would have thoroughly enjoyed the experience as the game lived up to the expectations. Both the teams fought hard and out of their skins but the hosts eventually prevailed.
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored the goal in dying minutes to power Barcelona to a 2-0 win and took the team closer to the La Liga title. Dravid was also accompanied by his family in the stadium. Following the game, Dravid was given some more memorable experience by the Catalonia-based football club. He was presented with a customised jersey of Barcelona as the club officials gave Dravid an evening to cherish forever.
At the end of the game, Dravid gave a glimpse of his knowledge in football as he thanked Barcelona for the hospitality before praising Messi by saying there’s never been a better player than him. He also expressed his delight over watching the likes of Messi and Suarez play live.
“It’s incredible, it’s a huge honour, it’s one of the things I’ve always wanted to do – come to Camp Nou and watch a football match. To be here and experience the atmosphere, it’s absolutely electric. To be able to watch players like Messi and Suarez play live, it’s fantastic for me and my family. Thanks to Barcelona FC for the hospitality, it’s been excellent,” Dravid said in a video posted by FC Barcelona.
“He’s an absolute genius. It’s incredible to watch what he does and to watch him live… One thing to see with Messi is how fantastic he is with the ball but it is incredible to see how good he is without the ball and how he is able to find spaces. I don’t think there’s been a better player than him ever. It’s fantastic to watch him live,” Dravid added.
‘Cricket is a different game’:
One just cannot rule out the possibility of discussion on cricket when Dravid is around. Dravid rightly said that cricket is the number one game in India but stated that football is reaching that level too.
“Cricket is a different game. We have great atmosphere and great crowd in the IPL and a lot of Test matches as well. Cricket is the No.1 sport in India but football is catching up very quickly. The ISL, the new league there since the last few years, Indian football is catching up but yeah, this was a lovely atmosphere to watch. Similar to some of the IPL games that we have,” Dravid said.