Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Girona Is the Making of Maffeo

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Girona Is the Making of Maffeo

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PABLO Maffeo has been enjoying a terrific season at Girona.

While City have been making headlines in England, the 20-year-old is getting more recognition at one of their sister clubs thanks to a string of dogged defensive displays.

Maffeo, who counts Pablo Zabaleta as an inspiration after their time together in Manchester, was one of the best players on the pitch when the Blues came to town for a friendly in August.

And he kept football in the spotlight after keeping Cristiano Ronaldo quiet as the La Liga upstarts held Zinedine Zidane's Galacticos at the height of political tensions between Catalonia and Madrid.

Maffeo also caught the eye for his man-marking job on Lionel Messi, with one cartoon picturing the youngster following the world's best player to his bed, but it is the match against reigning champions Real that has stood out for Maffeo so far. …

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