Philadelphia Union and Jamaica’s stalwart goalkeeper Andre Blake, 33, spoke candidly about arguably the game’s best player, Lionel Messi. Entering his 11th season with his club, Blake also discusses his national team expectations in his latest interview.
Responding to questions about his encounter with Messi, Blake admitted that he is class and getting a few big saves was commendable as a goalkeeper defending the goal against the Inter Miami star. However, Blake says he cherishes the moment he played in the same game with the World Cup winner.
“Yuh have to respect the guy, he is an unbelievable player, the first thing that came to mind, you know, I get to play against Messi, what can I do to stop Messi, you can’t really stop him, to be honest, he is the best in the world,” Blake declared.
Check out Messi’s goal against Blake below:
Blake continued his interview by recounting his historic match playing for the Reggae Boyz against Canada. He revealed how his ‘hard conversations’ with his teammates made them understand ‘the assignment’ as they beat Canada in their backyard for the first time in many moons.
The Jamaican captain said he implored his talented teammates to think about their legacy and if failing to live up to expectations was the history they wanted to write.
In closing, the three-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year predicted the group stages of the Copa America for the group his team is a part of. Despite not naming a winner for the group, Blake was confident that Jamaica would qualify for the next round of the competition set for the summer, where maybe he could have a rematch with Messi.
See the interview below: