Barcelona’s Messi struggled to persuade play on the Estadi Montilivi – largely due to Maffeo.
Girona’s supervisor Pablo Machin prompt the Manchester City loanee to trace Messi all over the fit.
Maffeo, 20, adopted the Argentine famous person anywhere he went, irritating Barca as they attempted to seek out their talisman.
And Messi was once so inspired together with his man marking that he started chatting with Maffeo halfway during the sport.
“He requested me how outdated I used to be and if I used to be a Manchester City fan,” Maffeo mentioned after the fit.
“It is very kind (to say that).”
Maffeo joined City from Espanyol in 2015 however moved again to Spain on mortgage to Girona remaining season after making just a handful of appearances.
He is now a typical in Machin’s again line and is tipped as one for the longer term.
In the top, two personal targets and a Luis Suarez strike was once sufficient for Barca to look off lowly Girona.
But that didn’t prevent the reward for Maffeo coming in on complete time.
The Spain adolescence participant handiest touched the ball 5 instances and dedicated 3 fouls on Messi throughout the opening 23 mins earlier than after all receiving a yellow card.
After which he sponsored off a little bit however nonetheless adopted his man anywhere Messi ventured.