Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet happy he'll not have to face Lionel Messi anymore

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New Barcelona star Clement Lenglet couldn’t be prouder to have joined the club – and admits it is a bonus that he’ll never have to defend against Lionel Messi in La Liga ever again.

Barca activated the 23-year-old’s €35.9 million release clause to whisk him away from Sevilla earlier this month.

And the defender, who will form a defensive unit with French countryman Samuel Umtiti and Spanish star Gerard Pique at the Nou Camp, has expressed what Barca means to him.

“Barça’s philosophy is unique and doesn’t change,” he told Barca TV.

Lenglet was also quick to express happiness at the fact that he’ll not have to face Argentina wizard Messi anymore.

“I am really happy to be here, because I don’t have to play against them now!” he said.

“Messi is the best in the world. He dominates games easily and can score at any moment from wherever he wants.

”If you have some luck, you can stop him a little bit, but then someone else catches you out.”

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KOBE, JAPAN - JULY 22:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Andres Iniesta of Vissel Kobe in action during the J.League J1 match between Vissel Kobe and Shonan Bellmare at Noevir Stadium Kobe on July 22, 2018 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan.  (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

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Andres Iniesta's debut for J-League side Vissel Kobe ends in defeat

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Barcelona legend: Andres Iniesta.

Andres Iniesta’s debut for Vissel Kobe in the J-League ended in a 3-0 home defeat to Shonan Bellmare on Sunday.

The Barcelona legend entered the pitch off the substitutes bench to a huge roar from the crowd on 58 minutes but his new side were already trailing by two goals and he couldn’t inspire a fightback.

Iniesta, who won 32 major trophies and turned out 674 times for Blaugrana in a glittering career, showed off some silky touches on the ball in his first outing since signing a record $30 million three-year contract.

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