India’s former cricketer Rahul Dravid, known as ‘The Wall’ for his technical solidity at the crease and is acknowledged as one of India’s greatest ever batsman was in awe after watching Lionel Messi live at the Camp Nou.
Dravid attended the match between Barca and Atletico Madrid on Saturday. He was presented with a customised Barcelona jersey after which the 46-year-old along with his family watched Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 at the Camp Nou.
Messi lit up the Camp Nou yet again with some mesmerising solo runs, taking on multiple defenders. After Suarez’s strike, Messi finished too with a cheeky shot that left jaws dropped.
“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 said on the Argentine playmaker
“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 game. 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,” said Dravid in a video posted on by Barcelona on youtube.
The BCCI also thanked Barcelona via a twitter post for allowing Dravid, who is the current U-19 coach of India, to soak in the atmosphere at the Camp Nou.
Dravid also said that the atmosphere at Camp Nou was similar to those in IPL.
“Cricket is a different game. We have a great atmosphere and a 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.”