Former Barcelona and current Monza star, Kevin-Prince Boateng has opened up on his loan spell at Barcelona, claiming that training with club icon, Lionel Messi left him speechless and that he was so good that the player thought of hanging his boots.
Boateng moved to the Nou Camp in January 2019 for a six-month loan spell from Sassuolo and went on to win the LaLiga title during his time in Spain despite failing to get regular gametime on the pitch.
The 33-year-old who joined Serie B outfit, Monza in the summer has admitted that he could not believe that a club like Barcelona were interested in him and that training with Messi left him "speechless".
"The six months at Barcelona were incredible. At first, I didn't believe it. I thought it was Espanyol who wanted me, not the real Barcelona! Training with Messi left me speechless. I had always said that Cristiano Ronaldo was the best in the world, but Messi is something else. He's not normal," he told DAZN.
"While training with him, I felt inadequate for the first time in my career. He was doing incredible things. I felt like saying, 'I'm done, I'm going to quit playing!'"
Boateng who has played for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Barcelona in a storied career has been accused of not living up to his talent, with his best performances coming without doubt during the 2010/11 season, where he led Milan to the Serie A title.