Lionel Messi is “not from this world”, according to Barcelona team-mate Malcom, with the Argentine having made quite the impression on a summer arrival at Camp Nou.
“For me, he’s not from this world,” Malcom told Barcelona’s official website of his skipper. “And his simplicity and humility are incredible. He deserves all this praise”.
Malcom has endured an injury-hit start to his time at Barca, restricting him to just five appearances, but he is feeling settled in new surroundings and remains convinced that he made the right move.
He added on his experiences to date: “It’s all like a family. Everybody wants the best for everybody else.
“There are always jokes in the dressing room and in the Barça WhatsApp group that we have too. I’m with the Brazilians most but I get on with everyone.
“The adaptation’s very good. I’m adapting and learning to speak a bit of Spanish. I have classes three times a week. But I am also learning a lot every day from being with my team-mates. When I speak Spanish 100 per cent, I’ll start Catalan classes too”.
Malcom also believes that he retains the full support of manager Ernesto Valverde, with the South American confident that he can produce the form expected of him during a long 2018-19 campaign which will see Barca chasing down major honours on multiple fronts.
“I spoke with him and he told me what I needed to settle into the team and get better. So our relationship is very good,” the exciting forward said of his working relationship with the man at the Blaugrana helm. It’s a difficult season. A lot of games.
But we’re used to it and we’re going to have a nice season and win a lot of trophies.“Difficult games are for showing why you have come here, why you are in Barcelona.”