Lionel Messi recognizes that Barça is not going through a good time today, either as a club or as a team, but despite everything is shown encouraged and ready to lead a Barça recovery that at this moment still looks distant, as he confesses, but what he expects from an institution that he still loves for what it has meant in his career. «I came here when I was thirteen, I grew up in the club and in the city. I’ve been here longer than in my own country. The club trained me as a player and as a person, it gave me everything. I always I left everything for Barça and it’s a love relationship“Messi replied in an interview with Jordi Évole, on LaSexta, when asked about his current feeling about the Catalan club, who came close to leaving last summer.
«Today I am fine. It is true that I had a very bad time in the summer, with the burofax and all that, and already before, with the end of the season. It cost me because I was not where I wanted to be and many of those around me were missing in the dressing room, but I feel good, wanting to fight for everything we have ahead, excited. We are going through a bad club and team moment and it will be difficult to get back to where we were, but I’m looking forward to it. Everyone has their say, everyone talks and nowadays people can believe any lie “, explained the Argentine star about his current situation, critical of some information about his future, before tiptoeing over the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu, with whom he maintained a cold relationship after having distanced himself considerably in recent times and whom he accused of having lied to him. However, he avoided speaking out in favor of any of the pre-candidates for the Barça presidency, with whom he claimed not to have had contact.
“Many times I told the president that I wanted to go and it was a way of doing it officially. I needed a change of scene because I knew it would be a year of transition and I wanted to keep fighting for everything. I felt that a cycle had been completed and that it was time. It was a very difficult decision, knowing that it was to leave the club of my life and that there is no better city than this to live in, “he explained about the now famous burofax Through which he communicated to Barça his intention to leave the club last summer, after ensuring that he did not regret that decision and that he would do so again. «I have nothing clear until the end of the year. The important thing now is to think about getting titles, “he added in relation to Her future.
“It hurt me to lose, but above all because of how it was lost, because I have lost many times in my life,” he explained about that painful 2-8 against Bayern from Munich that ended Quique Setién’s time at Barça and that also marked a symbolic end of the cycle at a club that still continues to search for direction today.
Guardiola and Luis Enrique, the best
“He is the best”, answered Messi forcefully to the question about Pep Guardiola. «I was very struck by how he prepared the matches. I was unlucky, in quotes, that I had Guardiola for a long time and Luis Enrique and they taught me everything about what happens on the court. I thought I already knew everything about Guardiola and then Luis Enrique arrived and taught me other things, “he praised what he considers to be the two best coaches of his career, although he denied that he had spoken with Guardiola about a possible signing for Manchester City.
«What counts here is to play, to comply with the signed television contracts, and the athlete is not considered. We like to play and we do it, I do not know if we are used or not, “said the Rosario on how compressed the calendar and the risk that this sometimes entails for the footballer’s health.
«When I started to be a professional and really dedicate myself to this, the passion of the fan I put aside a little. Today what makes me get up are my children, they are what moves me the most today, “said the ’10’ Barça player, who cited Nadal, Federer, LeBron James and himself Cristiano Ronaldo, his great rival for so many years on the pitch, like some of the athletes he admires.
“We couldn’t believe it when we found out about the Diego’s death (Maradona). It is normal for him to happen with everything he meant and did for Argentina, “said Messi in reference to his reaction to learning of the death of the myth and the state funeral and the madness among the crowd that he unleashed in his country.
The Argentine, who also admitted that sometimes he would like to put fame aside to do things that being globally known prevents him from doing, explained his plan to spend Christmas in Argentina, a few dates that he likes to celebrate “very much” and The kind he remembers a ball and a Newell’s Old Boys T-shirt as his first Christmas gifts. It couldn’t be otherwise in a soccer genius.
Messi was precisely the great absent on return to training of Barça at the Joan Gamper Sports City in Sant Joan Despí, after the four days of festivities enjoyed by the Barça squad for Christmas, as he did not appear this Sunday, with the permission of the coach, Ronald Koeman.
As reported by the club, Messi will return to Barça discipline after the game against Eibar, which will be played on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at the Camp Nou, so the Argentine star will extend his vacation in Rosario, his hometown, and will not play again until January 3 against Huesca. The club justifies Koeman’s decision by referring to a treatment on the right ankle that the player is completing.
The other members of the squad returned to work except for the long-term injured Ansu Fati, Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto. The great novelty of the call against Eibar has many probabilities to be that of Ousmane Dembélé, who trained with the group normally. Before training, all the Barcelona players passed a PCR test as set out in LaLiga’s health protocol.