Lionel Messi 'Astonished' After Watching 'Next Andres Iniesta' Riqui Puig In Barcelona Training
It's fair to say Riqui Puig is a future Barcelona star.
The 19-year-old phenom made his senior debut as a substitute in Barcelona's Copa del Rey victory on Wednesday.
He came on in the 55th minute and made an instant impression, creating his sides fourth goal.
Puig left management, players and fans in awe of his performance. And it wasn't the first time in the week he impressed on-lookers.
The Catalan youth product trained with the first-team and left Messi 'astonished' according to Spanish outlet SPORT.
:camera_with_flash: ' Riqui Puig during this morning's training session with the first team pic.twitter.com/jxJqtjY5m2
- BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) November 22, 2018
Riqui Puig with Messi at today's training. pic.twitter.com/293Iyte0qw
- La Masia (@Youngcules) April 2, 2018
The report says: "All these situations are shaping the personality of a footballer who brings top quality and has a privileged vision of the game.
"Messi quickly realised that after Riqui started going to some training sessions with the first team last season.
More Like ThisMore Like This
"He wanted him at his side and, of course, the kid was happy to have his idol in front of him and on top of that, that he gave him the ball. He was not the only one who was astonished.
"Luis Suárez, Iniesta - a player whom he has many resemblances towards - were also captivated by his football. "
The budding midfielder was the talk of Barcelona's cup victory:
:arrows_clockwise: 55' Riqui Puig comes on for Oriol Busquets.
It's Puig's official debut!
Welcome to the show, Riqui! :clap::clap:
- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 5, 2018
19-year-old @RiquiPuig got an assist on his official debut for Barcelona :clap: pic.twitter.com/bSP4viyhL7
- B/R Football (@brfootball) December 5, 2018
Riqui Puig is the future of Barca
- RomeyRome (@RomerO____) December 5, 2018
:microphone2: [Sport] ' Riqui Puig: "My legs were shaking"
:large_orange_diamond: Riqui Puig responded to the club's media with the same self-confidence that he shone at the Camp Nou.
:large_blue_diamond: He said that he had initial nervousness but everything changed when he entered the field. pic.twitter.com/8OTQmfJOwd
- BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) December 6, 2018
Although he only played 35 minutes, Riqui Puig was the most fouled player yesterday against Cultural Leonesa. [md] pic.twitter.com/3WdNwZh5HR
- Barça Centre (@barcacentre) December 6, 2018
LAST NIGHT'S COPA DEL REY SOUNDBITES:
:speaking_head:️ Valverde: "It was a nice match with a great atmosphere in the stadium."
:speaking_head:️ Riqui Puig: "It was a dream come true to debut for Barça."
:speaking_head:️ Simeone: "Once Atlético scored the first, we got better and had a good second half." #LLL
- La Liga Lowdown :flag_es::soccer: (@LaLigaLowdown) December 6, 2018
Riqui Puig, remember the name.
Chosen for YouChosen for You
Most Read StoriesMost Read