I can tell my children that I defended against Messi: Josko Gvardiol

Josko Gvardiol speaks after Croatia’s disappointing exit from the World Cup.

Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol has opened up about his experience playing against Lionel Messi. Gvardiol is a fan of Argentina’s  Lionel Messi and says he is happy to defend against him. Croatia and Argentina met each other in the Semifinals of the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Argentina defeated Croatia in this game and captain Lionel Messi became the ‘player of the match’ for scoring one goal and recording one assist. That assist from Leo was exceptional and it came against Josko Gvardiol only. Gvardiol tried very hard to stop Lionel Messi but he couldn’t and the Argentine was successful in giving a sweet little assist to Man City’s striker named Julian Alvarez.


Gvardiol was asked questions about Lionel Messi in an interview and the central defender praised him a lot.

“He is a completely different type of player in the club and the national team. I am glad that I played against him even though we lost. It’s a great experience, and one day I’ll tell my kids that I played against the best player in history. I guess we will beat him next time,” said Josko Gvardiol on Lionel Messi as reported by as.com.

Gvardiol is on the radar of many clubs and there are some Premier League teams as well who want the central defender’s signature.  4