Monday Mar 08, 2021. 08:57
Guinean midfielder Ilaix Moriba has opened up about his conversations with Lionel Messi after scoring his maiden goal for FC Barcelona.
The 18-year-old scored in Barca’s a 2-0 win against CA Osasuna in the Spanish La Liga match on Saturday having been set-up by Messi on Saturday.
Moriba is a youth international with Spain and he was born in Conakry, Guinea, to a Guinean mother and a Liberian father.
Both the Guinean and Liberian football federations are reportedly trying to get him to switch nationality.
“Leo gave me a good pass and I don’t know how I cut and shot with the left, and thank God it went in,” Moriba said on The Times Hub.
“I will never forget this and I will take it to my grave. There’s competition for places but it doesn’t matter if you are young or not. If you play well you’re in the team.
Moriba made his fifth appearance for Barcelona’s first team against Osasuna having made his competitive debut in January 2021 against Cornella in the Copa del Rey.
“The older players help us, give us advice, Leo tells me to get in the area as often as I can and get in positions to shoot,” he added.
“I want to dedicate this goal to my father and La Masia, where I have learned a lot from.”
Moriba appeared to chose to play for the Guinea national team, being set to make his debut on the international stage in June 2020, before the Covid-19 pandemic froze the 2020 football season.