Gerard Deulofeu says the tag ‘new Messi’ made things difficult for him

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Gerard Deulofeu

Ex- Barca star, Gerard Deulofeu says the tag ‘new Messi’ made things difficult for him claiming that the expectations made it harder for him at Barcelona.

Coming up through the ranks of La Masia and Barcelona youth teams, Deulofeu found it hard to find his feet with the first team. The Spaniard featured for Everton, Sevilla, Milan and Barcelona before finally making a permanent move to Watford.

The 25-year-old had spent his career moving from one club to another but Deulofeu looks well at home with Watford with 9 goals and 5 assists so far in what looks like a fruitful Premier League campaign for Watford.

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The Spaniard was one of the talents who was dubbed as the ‘new Lionel Messi’ during his time spent at La Masia and Barcelona and the Watford star admitted the tag made things difficult for him.

Speaking in an interview, former Barcelona player said;

“I found out that being called the new Messi when I was young wasn’t the best thing. It makes life difficult trying to live up to impossible expectations. It made ­trying to grow as a player really hard,

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”I did learn a lot, especially when, at the age of 16, I was told to train with the Barca first team. What was obvious was that they could handle the pressure I couldn’t,

“You could say my career has been a bit irregular. One thing is certain – I will never go back to Barcelona. You need to find calm and I have it at Watford,he added.

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