"Several times during the match, I tried to steal the ball" - Kawasaki Frontale midfielder speaks about facing off against PSG superstar Lionel Messi 

Songkrasin on facing the PSG star on Wednesday
Songkrasin on facing the PSG star on Wednesday

Thailand international footballer Chanathip Songkrasin has admitted that he found it hard to take the ball off Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi. The Kawasaki Frontale midfielder claimed it was a reminder to him of the difference between their levels.

Paris Saint-Germain faced Songkrasin's Kawasaki Frontale in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday, July 20. The Ligue 1 side ran out 2-1 winners with the Argentine star and young striker Arnaud Kalimuendo scoring the goals.

When the 🇹🇭 "Thai Messi" met the real Lionel Messi.@Changsuek_TH star @Chanathipjay has touched on what it was like to come up against the player he's been likened to - after @frontale_staff took on @PSG_English in a friendly yesterday!

Speaking to the media after the game, Songkrasin was happy to admit that he found it hard to play against Messi. He said (reported via ESPN):

"Several times during the match, I tried to steal the ball (from Messì) but I couldn't. I was reminded that this is the difference between us and the world level. I am motivated to work harder and aim higher."

Lionel Messi determined to do well at PSG this season

Lionel Messi had a sub-par season by his standards after moving to PSG last summer. The former Barcelona star scored just six goals in the league and was not happy with his performance.

Speaking to TyC Sports earlier this summer, Messì said:

"Thinking about me, individually and what happened this year, I think about being able to reverse the situation, about not having the feeling of having changed clubs and that it didn't go well for me. And as you said, I know that this year is going to be different; I'm already prepared for what's to come, I know the club, I know the city, I'm a little more comfortable with the dressing room, with my teammates and I know it's going to be different."
Leo Messi: "Cuando me silbaron en París pregunté enseguida si lo habían visto los nenes. No me gustó que esté mi familia ahí y que la gente me esté silbando"#MessiEnTyCSports

PSG face two more Japanese sides this month – Urawa Reds (23 July) and Gamba Osaka (25 July) - before moving back to France to play Nantes (31 July) in the Trophee des Champions.

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