Not too long ago, Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo was once a Barcelona player. The central defender signed for them in 2019, but only made four appearances for the senior team before being moved on. The player is now one of the top defenders in Ligue 1, living up to the potential he once showed at Toulouse.
And now, the player has opened up on a crazy rule that was imposed on Barcelona players in training. The rule was simple – the defenders were not allowed to touch Lionel Messi in training for fear of the Argentine picking up an unnecessary injury.
Jean-Clair Todibo reveals crazy Lionel Messi rule at Barcelona
Not much needs to be said about how important Messi was to Barcelona. The forward’s quality was unmatched, and special care was taken to ensure that he was available throughout the season. The rule for defenders to not be aggressive with him paid off in the end, with the Argentine registering 778 appearances.
Todibo has now become a top talent, linked with a move to Bayern Munich and Manchester United during the January transfer window. His return to France has really helped turn things around, and he could be up for a brand new challenge soon.
On the other hand, Messi has moved on from Europe altogether, now seeing out his career in the MLS with Inter Miami.