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I have seen Lionel Messi cry: Alexis Sanchez

Life of a footballer can be turbulent at times and underlining the matter, Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez recently revealed that he has seen Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi break down in tears after a game.

The Chilean was teammates with Messi during his three seasons with Barcelona between 2011 and 2014. Speaking to Thierry Henry in an interview with Sky Sports, the Chilean brought light to the fact that the life of a footballer is full of struggles and a failure can have a devastating impact on the players.

“You might cry during a game if you lose a final. That’s all part of football. In the Barcelona dressing room after the Chelsea game (2012 Champions League semi-final), I saw Leo (Messi) cry. That’s because players demand so much from themselves. People don’t see that,” the 29-year-old quipped.

The game saw Chelsea earn a spot in the final after a draw at Camp Nou after Lionel Messi missed from the penalty spot.

Sanchez moved to Manchester United in January after spending three and a half seasons with Arsenal in a move that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the other direction. The former Gunner had earlier refused to sign a contract extension with the North London side was into his last six months at The Emirates.

Speaking further on the life of footballers and his own struggles, Sanchez said:

“During my childhood, my dream was the same as yours: to be a footballer and to play with the best. Sometimes in South America that can be harder than here in Europe, because we dream of coming to Europe,” Sanchez said.

“Maybe I’d be working in the region where I’m from, doing other things. I think football saves many people. It can give you a life of luxury, but people don’t see all the effort that goes in behind the scenes.

“That might mean not seeing your family, or missing your mother’s birthday, many players are so focused that they miss the birth of their children,' Sanchez added.

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