Thursday, 3 September 2009

Messi: "I am great because of my team-mates"

Barcelona player Lionel Messi gave an interview to Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo.




One month into the new season and already two trophies...
Everything has gone very fast. You start and the next thing you know you're already competing for two trophies as a result of the hard work of last season. It's good to start like that, although it's hard. If you look at the calendar, we won't have a moment to breathe until January or February... Pfff, we will have to make the best of it because it will be a tough season.

But it is less tough when you enjoy yourself...
We are having a good time and you can see that, right? We are having a good time because the football we play is made to make the footballer have fun. But we are also suffering, of course. Nobody should think that we aren't exhausted at the end of a game.

How does it feel to be the best player in the world?
This team has made me big. This Barça has made me grow and makes me better every day. All those with whom I had the honour to play have taught me something and this group makes you better. For me, that is very clear: I am great because of them. All those individual trophies should have copies, reproductions, one for each team-mate. That's the way we work, as one, we are one and that way it is easier to stand out and to do what you like to do. Someone is covering for you when you are trying to make an action that could be decisive but that also carries some risk. It's great to ba part of a team like this Barça.

What is Iniesta lacking to win individual trophies?
There's nothing lacking, he's a crack already! But because he does everything with such ease, it seems like there's nothing to it. But he has everything needed to win win individual prizes.

How is Ibrahimovic doing?
Very well. Ibra knows that Barça is a new world. It wasn't easy for him to adapt to a team that plays by heart, with an enormous quality, that has won everything last season... He wants to learn from the group and this is valued. He has a lot of qualities and he will add a lot of things to the team. He's acting in a modest way and he has adapted very well to the group.

The group is missing Eto'o?
Of course we miss him, every team would miss him. What Samu gave us on the pitch was incredible, he was the first one to put pressure, always going forward and scoring goals like nobody can. He was very important for the team. But now he's at Inter and I'm sure he will do great. I talk with Samu every now and then, I like to know how things are going for him.


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22 comments:

Anonymous said...

is 'crack' now the new word for star players or something? never heard of it until this transfer season

fcbee said...

In Spain it's already used for quite a while.

groga said...

Now seriously, Leo, are you an FC Barcelona fan or an FC Eto'o fan? Stop talking about the guy, (certainly if you can only say positive things!), stop calling him, he's history and he won't come back!

And if you don't like it, join Inter, togehter with Iniesta, Xavi and Puyol who also seem to be FC Eto'o fans!!!

STFU groga said...

groga's got balls for brains... when some body asks about a person who's been your friend & colleague for 5 years, would you tell nice things about them or say 'NO COMMENT?' I know what you would do! Yeah let's sell Iniesta, Xavi, Messi, Henry & Puyol; all of them to Inter. yeah you missed Laporta as well I guess!? Let's sell Laporta to Inter and make him their president

groga said...

*irony mode off*

STFU groga said...

LOL

frett said...

Let's hope he can keep that modest attitude of him. If so (and if he doesn't pick up too many injuries), he'll have an insane career.

Vaseee said...

jesus crist he s just showing respect for him ...

Anonymous said...

wow thank you, just asked this lol xD

Sune said...

Crack is spanish slang I think, theres not really a direct translation to english so nows it kinda sneaking into english

TengkuAmir10 said...

groga you are damn dumb and retarded you know that?

groga said...

*sigh*

Gorga said...

TengkuAmir10, someone already told him to STFU and he accepted it. Why continue the glory hunting?

groga said...

I didn't accept anything, I just switched the irony mode off.

And coming from TengkuAmir10, I wholeheartedly take that as a compliment...

tero said...

If you tried to be funny,groga,you failed miserably...I think Iniesta has always been underrated,he may not be a showpony like Cristina or score goals like Messi does but the fact is that when he's 100% fit he is easily our top 3 best players...I hope his hard work will show as personal success also

groga said...

lol

groga said...

Some try to be serious, but are nevertheless very funny...

Marc4barca said...

have any of you even considered the fact that that ain't the real groga.. cause the groga i know is a eto lover.

equis said...

lol groga call me stupid but honestly, wheres the irony there?

anywho...

"I am great because of them."

I hope he never loses his remarkable humility. thank you leo for these incredible years of footy watching. looking forward to more.

fcb_india said...

"I am great because of them"
-- this is why he is great..

barca96 said...

i love this guy..he has been with this attitude even before he left barca according to his neighbor..
and now he has brings sick children from argentina to spain for better medical treatment and he also gives children from his hometown free lunch everyday..
i heard it from his interview but the commentator was speaking so fast so im not sure if i got all the facts corrrect..sorry

Rajmagar said...

i support Messi words abt Samu Eto'o. whole Barca will miss him, i never see the striker like Samu Eto n nobody can replace his position. he gave him Barca everything but wat Barca gave him only salary. that's not his cost so refering to Iniesta Barca should make his statue in camp nou

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