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I’d have been a ball boy’ – Giovinco reveals why he rejected Barcelona



The former Juventus man admitted that he was offered a loan move to Camp Nou last year, but said there would have been « no point » going there

Italian attacker Sebastian Giovinco has revealed that he turned down a loan move to Barcelona last season because he did not want to be a « ball boy » for their attackers.

The former Juventus frontman joined Toronto FC in 2015, and had the chance of a short-term loan deal during Major League Soccer’s off-season period.

However, the 29-year-old had no interest in being a back-up to Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez at Camp Nou.

« It’s true, in the past there was interest from Barcelona, but I’d have been a ball boy there. With those three stars in attack, I wouldn’t play at all, » Giovinco told Sky Sports Italia .

« I wasn’t interested because I wanted to play. Neymar, Leo Messi and Luis Suarez would’ve played even with one leg and still made the difference, so there was no point in me being there. »

This year, Giovinco has been linked with a possible move to the Chinese Super League. The 23-time Italy international admits that the speculation interests him, but for the moment, he is happy with Toronto.

« The market is really hotting up over there. They told me there is interest, so we’ll talk it over with Toronto and see. I am happy here, but we’ll see what the club wants to do, » he continued.

« My agent told me there is an offer, but did not tell me which club. I certainly don’t miss Italy, as I am happy in Canada and have no intention of returning.

« Since I left Juventus, which remains the strongest team in Italy, I never thought about playing for another Italian club. I’m just not thinking about it.

« What still stings is losing the MLS Final last season. »


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