UFC Champion Ilia Topuria Heaps Praise On Lionel Messi After Their Meetup: ‘Humility He Transmits, How Legendary He Is…’

Following their last meeting in Florida, UFC featherweight champion Ilia Topuria recently disclosed what impressed him the most about Barcelona legend Lionel Messi. On April 7, the newly crowned featherweight champion attended the eight-time Balon d'Or winner's match against Colorado Rapids at Chase Stadium. ??Before the match, the Spaniard got a chance to mingle with the former Barcelona forward and was pleasantly impressed by his demeanour.
Ilia Topuria and Lionel Messi

Ilia Topuria (left) and Lionel Messi | (Photo: X/@Topuriailia/@FIFAWorldCup)

Following their last meeting in Florida, UFC featherweight champion Ilia Topuria recently disclosed what impressed him the most about Barcelona legend Lionel Messi. On April 7, the newly crowned featherweight champion attended the eight-time Balon d'Or winner's match against Colorado Rapids at Chase Stadium.
Before the match, the Spaniard got a chance to mingle with the former Barcelona forward and was pleasantly impressed by his demeanour.
“I have always admired him since I was young. Messi has been one of the people who have inspired me a lot. The humility he transmits and how legendary he is, it makes him even greater. His personality has surprised me even more in person. It was a source of pride for me,” Topuria said Topuria to UFC Espanol.
In addition, Topuria acquired a legendary number 10 shirt from Lionel Messi, which he hopes will bring luck to him when he steps into the octagon again. The Spaniard will attempt to retain his title in a huge battle at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Spanish champion has already crossed paths with notable football players like David Albaba and Jude Bellingham. He will, however, be especially happy that he had the opportunity to meet Lionel Messi, who is still one of the most well-known athletes in the world.
Lionel Messi, the Argentine maestro of Inter Miami, was named the MLS Player of the Matchday for Matchday 9 after his performance on Sunday, April 14, at Arrowhead Stadium versus Sporting Kansas.
The Argentine was magnificent as his team overcame their hosts 3-2 that day to earn a much-needed victory. With a goal and an assist from their top player, the Herons secured victory in front of 72,610 spectators.
In the eighteenth minute, Messi opened the score for his team by setting up Diego Gomez with a pass that split the defence. In the 51st minute, the World Cup winner scored a beautiful goal for himself.
Luis Suarez of Uruguay, a striker, put a stop to a five-game losing streak in all competitions and won the match. In his first five MLS games of the season, the Barcelona icon became the first player to record at least five goals and the same number of assists.
The Miami-based team is hoping he can continue to produce at this level to keep them competitively strong. Even though this is Messi's first MLS Player of the Matchday award, if he continues to produce at this level, he will probably earn more.
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