Josko Gvardiol Opens Up On Playing Against Lionel Messi

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Josko Gvardiol, a defender for Croatia and RB Leipzig, spoke about playing against Lionel Messi, who opened the scoring in Argentina’s 3-0 victory to secure a spot in the World Cup final.

“It was a nice experience even though I played against him at club level,” said Gvardiol. “He’s a completely different type of player at club level and in the national team.

“I’m glad that I played against him even though we lost but one day I’ll tell my children that I defended against Messi, the best player who’s ever played, for 90 minutes.”

One of the most gifted defenders in Europe, Josko Gvardiol has excelled for RB Leipzig this season. The 20-year-old, who can also play left back, has participated in every World Cup match for Croatia.

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The top clubs in Europe have expressed interest in him as a result of his performances over the past 18 months. Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea coveted Gvardiol because of his early Champions League experience.

Since Josko Gvardiol is under contract with RB Leipzig through 2027 and there isn’t a known release clause, the Saxony club may be able to demand a high price for their talented defender in 2023. Last week, agent Marjan Sisic spoke with his client about the future: Regarding a possible transfer in 2023, we are not in a hurry and I can make clear that there are no pre-arrangements with any clubs.”

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