After qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup with the Argentine team after a double FIFA date in which they won a victory against Uruguay and a draw against Brazil, Lionel messi He returned to Paris and from there he gave an interview to the Spanish newspaper Mark on the occasion of eighth trophy for the highest scorer of last season in Spain.
“The truth is that it’s crazy to have won so many Pichichis. It seemed impossible that he could reach Zarra’s six, much less surpass them. It is something spectacular, “he said. The flea, before talking about topics like his relationship with Sergio Ramos in Paris, the arrival of Xavi and Dani Alves to Barcelona, the Ronaldo’s turn to Manchester United and his great present with Lionel Scaloni’s team.
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On Ronaldo: “Cristiano already knew the club, but that was in another stage and now he has adapted in an impressive way. From the beginning he has scored goals as always and he had no problems adapting. In the Premier it is not as good as we all thought, but it is a very difficult and even competition in which things take a lot of turns. After December it changes a lot and anything can happen ”.
On their rivalry in La Liga: “It has been a long time since we stopped competing in the same League. We competed individually and as a team for the same goals. It was a very beautiful stage for us and also for the people because they enjoyed it very much. It is a beautiful memory that will remain in the history of football ”.
Candidates to win the Champions: “Everyone says that we are big favorites and I will not deny that we are one of the candidates by name, but we still need things to be a really strong team. We have to finish consolidating ourselves as a team and we have the advantage of having very great players to achieve it ”.
“The Champions League is a very difficult competition, that makes it so beautiful and special. The best teams are there and it is getting more and more complicated. Yes, we are one of the favorites, but not the only ones ”.
Why Barcelona is not a candidate: “He is going through a rebuilding stage with a team in which there are many young players. Today I think there are better teams than Barcelona, but, although they now give that impression, that does not mean that later they will not be able to fight because we must take into account the arrival of Xavi, the renewed illusions and the power to recover to some players who now don’t have. They can continue to grow and fight ”.
On the arrival of Xavi to the substitute bench: “He is a coach who knows a lot, knows the house perfectly and has lived in Barcelona since he was a child. He has renewed the illusion in Barcelona because he is a person highly respected by the fans and by the players ”.
“He will be a very important coach for the younger footballers because he will teach them. With him the team will grow a lot. I speak often with Xavi. Since ever. We are friends, We have shared many things and since he left we have kept in touch. I don’t remember what I told him in the message, I congratulated him on this new step and I wished him the best ”.
The return of Dani Alves: “I was surprised, especially at the moment. I think it can be a good addition, as in the case of Xavi, it can be important for young people. He will help them grow because he is a winning person and transmits a lot “
On the possible departure of Mbappé to Real Madrid: “I don’t know. Only he knows what he has in his head and what he is going to do. I can only say that I am happy that he has stayed here this year. He is a very important player for us and to fight for the objectives we have. He has a hundred percent head on our goals. And then he will decide what to do when the season is over. I really don’t know what will happen ”.
His relationship with Sergio Ramos: “At first it was weird after so many years of rivalry, being the two captains of Barça and Madrid, after so many Classics played, so many fights we had on the pitch … But all that was left there and we have always respected each other a lot, no matter how much we have been great rivals in those Classics. Having him as a partner today is a show. Little by little he is joining us and hopefully he will play as quickly as possible because he will be a fundamental footballer to fight for the goals ”.
“I already knew him. It is true that we had not had great talks, but they have been many years crossing each other in the League. I already had an idea of what it was like. He had ex-teammates who had been with him in the Spanish team so I already knew him. And now when we have had more treatment here in Paris I have seen that he is a great person ”.
The good present with the Argentine team: “It was spectacular and incredible. I was able to meet one of the objectives that cost me so much, which was the Copa América, because I had been very close several times but had not achieved it. We finished with the accomplished goal of qualifying for the World Cup in a brilliant way. And now wanting to go for more ”.
“We know that we still have a long way to go to be one of the great candidates. We will try to arrive in the best possible way to continue competing as we are doing in each game. (I would sign a final with Spain) With Spain or whatever. I would like to be in a new final and achieve a new goal. The illusion and the dream are always there ”.
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