Pulisic: I was too nervous to try and speak to him

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Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic faced Lionel Messi five years ago in the Copa America Centenario, with Argentina beating USA 4-0.

Pulisic has revealed that he asked Lionel Messi for a selfie as a teenager when the two faced each other at international level – but that he was too nervous to actually speak to the forward.

“I played against Argentina and we suffered that day,” Pulisic told The Athletic .

“We were 2-0 down at half-time and Lionel Messi was incredible. I came on at half-time thinking, ‘Oh no, this will be fun.’

“We lost 4-0. Messi and I were chosen for random doping tests after, so I was sat there next to him trying to be cool, aged 17. I told our doctor to get my phone. I had to get my phone to have a picture taken with him.

“We couldn’t really communicate and I was too nervous to try and speak to him, but I had to ask him for a photo by gesticulating. He was really nice about the whole thing. He probably gets it a lot, just maybe not in those circumstances.”

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