ATLANTA, GEORGIA—United States men’s soccer team member and FC Barcelona defender Sergino Dest was shocked when Argentine striker Lionel Messi decided to leave Barca.
Dest said it feels “weird” without Messi following his move to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
The American who spent a year playing with Messi last year revealed that playing with his former teammate is a memorable experience for him.
“I was shocked a little bit because everyone wanted him to stay at the club,” Dest said.
“He’s the best player in the world. It was a shock for everyone,” Dest added.
Dest said without Messi the team needs to work harder if they wish to perform well in La Liga this year.
But I think if we play collectively and keep the chemistry high, we can achieve a lot,” he said.
Barca will play their first competitive match since Messi’s departure when they kick off their 2021-22 LaLiga campaign against Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Messi, 34, signed a two-year contract at PSG after he was told he could no longer stay at Barca due to the club’s inability to meet LaLiga’s wage restrictions.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.