The new Barcelona keeper said he pitied the
Argentine after Germany won the World Cup final but
admitted to celebrating, and is eager to prove his
worth at Camp Nou
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen says
he felt sorry for his new team-mate Lionel Messi in
the wake of Germany 's World Cup final victory over
Joachim Low's side claimed a 1-0 win over the
South Americans in Brazil and, although the young
shot-stopper was delighted his nation were
crowned champions, he spared a thought for the
"I felt sorry for Messi but I celebrated the World Cup
a lot, of course," he told Mundo Deportivo.
"I watched the final in Barcelona at the hotel where
I'm living. I wasn't part of the team but I was really
happy for my team-mates as a German.
"I hope playing for Barca helps me earn a Germany
spot. To play for Barcelona will help me show my
best qualities to the world.
"I knew my qualities and my experience and so do
they. They followed me for a long time, but I don't
know how long. When they contacted me, it was a
"I know the pressure of being Barcelona's
goalkeeper but I'm here to play my football and the
football Barca want to play. I'm not afraid. I'm happy
to be here."
Ter Stegen also voiced his admiration for Luis
Enrique, who replaced Tata Martino as Barca coach
"I like the way he sees football and I like his
personality. He's a direct person. He has a great
personality and I think he's a normal guy.
"I have great respect for the work he is doing and
how he coaches the team."