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Dudek: How Messi Insulted Pepe, Ramos At El Clasico

Dudek: How Messi Insulted Pepe, Ramos At El Clasico

Ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper, Jerzy Dudek, has claimed Lionel Messi insulted Pepe and Sergio Ramos during El Clasico encounters.

Dudek joined the LaLiga giants in 2007, where he mainly occupied a place on the bench.

The Polish goalkeeper played second-fiddle to Iker Casillas, but was involved in a few heated Clasico matches during his spell.

Speaking to Marca, Dudek said: “He was very provocative, as were Barcelona and their manager Pep Guardiola.

“They were always ready to annoy you and many times they managed it perfectly. I’ve seen and listened to Messi saying very rude things to Pepe and Ramos that you can’t even think about.

“Imagine what can come out of the mouth of a person who seems so calm and friendly.”


Style of play

Due to his short stature, Messi has a lower centre of gravity than taller players, which gives him greater agility, allowing him to change direction more quickly and evade opposing tackles; this has led the Spanish media to dub him La Pulga Atómica (“The Atomic Flea”). Despite being physically unimposing, he possesses significant upper-body strength, which, combined with his low centre of gravity and resulting balance, aids him in withstanding physical challenges from opponents; he has consequently been noted for his lack of diving in a sport rife with playacting. 
His short, strong legs allow him to excel in short bursts of acceleration while his quick feet enable him to retain control of the ball when dribbling at speed. His former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola once stated, “Messi is the only player that runs faster with the ball than he does without it.” Although he has improved his ability with his weaker foot since his mid-20s, Messi is predominantly a left-footed player; with the outside of his left foot, he usually begins dribbling runs, while he uses the inside of his foot to finish and provide passes and assists.


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