Rahul Dravid revels in Camp Nou's 'electric atmosphere'

The Indian cricket legend visited Camp Nou and witnessed Barcelona's 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Rahul Dravid receiving the personalised home jersey from Barcelona president (left) and vice-president Jordi Mestre.

Rahul Dravid, former India cricketer and the current coach of India under-19 and 'A' teams, witnessed Barcelona's 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on his visit of the mesmeric Camp Nou on Saturday.

Dravid was presented with Barcelona's home jersey by the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and gave an interview describing his experience and waxing lyrical about Lionel Messi.

"It's incredible, it's a huge honour," Dravid said about visiting Camp Nou.

"One of the things I have always wanted to do is to come to Camp Nou and watch a football match. To be here and experience the atmosphere is absolutely electric. To be able to watch people like (Lionel) Messi and (Luis) Suarez play live is fantastic for me and my family. Thanks to Barcelona FC for the hospitality, it's been excellent."

In a response to a question about the turnouts for cricket and football in India, Dravid said, "Cricket is a different game, we have great crowds and atmosphere in the IPL, and for a lot of Test matches. Cricket is the No. 1 sport in India, but football is catching up very quickly, with the ISL, a new league we have for the last few years. This was a lovely atmosphere to watch and similar to some of the IPL games we have."

Dravid said he was looking forward what Barcelona does in the Champions League, having been drawn with Manchester United in the quarterfinals.

"Looking forward to see how Barcelona does in the Champions League in a few days' time against Manchester United."

Dravid described Messi as an "absolute genius".

"I think he's an absolute genius and it's incredible what he does. One thing with Messi he's fantastic with the ball, but it's incredible to see what how good he is without the ball, and how he's able to find spaces. I don't think there's been a better player than him ever, it's fantastic to watch him live."

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