Cape Town - Former Barcelona stalwart Carlos Puyol has revealed how little maestro Lionel Messi embarrassed him during training.
Puyol called time on his career, at the end of last season, with the Catalan giants after failing to overcome knee injuries and has now revealed how teammate Lionel Messi schooled him in training.
Puyol, one of the best defenders in the world during his playing days, was powerless to stop Messi in training, reports the Daily Mail.
"In a mini one-on-one match, I told myself: 'I'm going to see if I can stop him'. It was humiliating," Puyol told La Vanguardia.
"Pep (Guardiola) told me: "Carles, don't injure him".
"I told Pep: "If you don't want anything to happen, stop the session." I tried everything but he always got past me at his own pace."
Puyol has one of the best footballing CV's in the modern game after winning six Spanish titles and three Champions Leagues with Barcelona as well as two European Championships and a World Cup with Spain and the 37-year-old believes Messi is the best player on the planet.
"He's head and shoulders above anyone I've seen" Puyol added.