- Former Ghana defender Sammy Kuffuor has opened up on his first encounter with ex-Barcelona forward Lionel Messi
- The Bayern Munich legend played against Lionel Messi in a pre-season game in 2005 during his time with the German giants
- Sammy Kuffuor revealed that Samuel Eto'o had warned him about Lionel Messi before the pre-season game
Legendary Ghanaian defender Sammy Kuffuor has described his first game against Lionel Messi as a real nightmare.
Kuffuor, who was then playing for Bayern Munich, faced Messi in a pre-season game in 2005.
Ahead of the game, Cameroon legend Samuel Eto'o had to warn Kuffuor about the threats of the diminutive Argentine.
"It was a final against Barcelona and I had to play against Messi. He dribbled (Bixente) Lizarazu like 3000 times," he said while laughing on Dan Kwaku Yeboah TV.
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"Before the game, I was talking to Samuel (Eto'o) and he told me, this guy (Messi) will kill everyone. Watch him out, he will become the best player in the world.
"Look, he dribbled everyone and when he got to me, he did his famous body swerve thing, I kicked him so hard and surprisingly he got up quick and move with the ball."
Sammy Kuffuor played for Bayern Munich from 1993 to 2005, winning the UEFA Champions League in 2001. He later joined AS Roma before going on to play for Livorno and Ajax.
He was also a member of the Black Stars team at the FIFA World Cup in Germany in 2006.
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Kuffour's immense talent was spotted in Ghana's victorious 1991 FIFA U17 squad but it was at Bayern Munich that the Kumasi-born defender became a household name.
The 45-year-old defensive stalwart had a stellar eleven-year stint with the Bavarians, playing nearly 250 with a truckload of trophies to boot.