Lionel Messi gave himself up to open heart and exclusively for ‘La Sexta’. Find the best moments of the interview of the Barcelona captain who had not spoken since August and the burofax affair.
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Lionel Messi makes his first public interview since August, when he wanted to leave FC Barcelona. For the Spanish channel, ‘La Sexta’, the Argentinean international gave a 70-minute interview on December 18, at his home. The interview was broadcast this Sunday, here are the best parts.
At the beginning of the interview, Lionel Messi explains that he will say everything: “I am a man of my word and I will talk about everything, before adding, Barcelona is my life. I’ve been living here since I was 13 years old. I grew up in this club, in this city. I have lived more in Barcelona than in my country. I learned everything here, I grew up in the club, the club trained me as a player and as a person. I owe them everything”.
“The club is really bad” admits Lionel Messi
The Barça captain talks about the crisis the club is going through at the moment: “It’s a difficult time for the club, for everyone, but from what we know, the club is doing really badly and it will be difficult to return to the previous situation. I cried for other reasons but I prefer not to go into details. But on sporting issues, I suffered a lot.”
The Argentinian speaks about the death of his compatriot, Diego Maradona: “I was here, at home, and I received a message from my daddy, I turned on the TV and that’s when I found out. I didn’t believe it, or at least I didn’t want to believe it.”
Lionel Messi talks about his greatest humiliation in soccer, the 2-8 against Bayern Munich in the Champions League: “I’ve already lost a lot of games, and you have to accept that. But it’s a very hard moment because of the way we lost, especially because we knew it was going to be a complicated game and that we were coming off a tough year. We could have lost but not the way we did”.
It was a way to make it formal
The number 10 Blaugrana returns on the case of the burofax sent to the club to ask for a start: “It was a way to make it formal, to make it official. For the last six months, I often told the president that I wanted to leave, that he would help me leave, that I wanted to leave and answered “no, no, no”. The burofax was a way to make this request official and to get it to the club”. The Argentinean attacker also said: “I knew that if I went before the judge, I had arguments, and many lawyers had confirmed it to me. But I didn’t want to leave the Barça in this way”.
Messi explains that his desire to leave was to avoid a year of transition and to take on a new challenge: “There were new players, young people, and as I always said I wanted to continue fighting to win titles, to win back the Champions League, for the La Liga, I felt it was time to change, to leave, and I wanted to do well.” La Pulga also revealed that he had spoken with Pep Guardiola: “With Pep Guardiola, we talked about how things were going for him and for me, but no club reunion. For me, Guardiola is the best. He taught me a lot about how to prepare for the games, he told me how to attack to win them”.
The Argentinian also looks back on the Neymar case at Barça: “It’s going to be difficult to bring in players because there’s no money. There are a lot of important players (to recruit) to be able to compete everywhere, and you have to pay them.” And he said, “Didn’t he say, ‘I want to play with Messi again’? He said “I would like to play with Messi again”? No ? Yes, we do talk from time to time. The three of us with Luis, me with him, or me with Luis, every day. In our last messages with Neymar, we were talking about the Champions League draw, which had put us against each other, he didn’t want to play Barcelona either.”
I’m going to wait until the end of the season
While Messi’s contract expires in June 2021 and he can sign wherever he wants from January 1, he assures that he will wait until the end of the season: “I’m going to wait until the end of the season. The important thing is to think about the team, to finish the year well, and to try to win titles. I don’t want to be distracted by anything else.”
Finally, the interview ends surprisingly and Messi talks about his future: “I want to come back to Barcelona, when I stop playing, I want to stay at the club, one way or another, bringing what I know,” says Messi. “Come back?” the journalist asks. “I’ve always said that I wanted to enjoy the experience of living in the United States, playing in this championship, MLS, but I don’t know if it’s going to happen, now or later, that’s why I say come back”.