Lionel Messi about love for Argentina and decision to return after Barca spell
Lionel Messi claims the bond he has with his motherland remains strong than ever. The Argentine football prodigy has been criticized for being unable to become the star he is at Barcelona for Argentina.
The 25-year-old forward, who won the Ballon d’Or for a fourth consecutive time this year, has now revealed that he would probably return home after his spell with Barcelona is over.
The Barcelona star has so far been futile in brining any glory to Argentina in the World Cups. For this reason media and Argentina fans often lambast against Lionel Messi for a being a player dependent on his stars around him.
At the age of 13, Lionel Messi left his hometown club Newell’s Old Boys to join Barcelona’s La Maisa youth system. At the time, Lionel Messi needed an expensive hormone medical treatment. Barcelona agreed to pay all medical costs if Lionel Messi agreed to sign up for the club. Ever since, Lionel Messi has become a die-hard Barcelona loyal.
Lionel Messi’s current contract with Barcelona will end in another five years, which means the Argentina international is set to remain at the La Liga leaders till 2018, or till the age of 30 years.
In an interview to the Argentine TV channel TyC Sports, Lionel Messi admitted he would return to Argentina one day. Lionel Messi also revealed that his son Thiago, who was born in November last year, is ready to go to school.
“I would like to return to live in Rosario,” Lionel Messi said. “I do not know what will happen. My son will surely begin school there, then I do not know what will happen. I love it there. I have been a long time in Barcelona, and my home is here, but I always want to return home.”
Lionel Messi also explained the reason behind him not singing the national anthem before Argentina’s games. The Argentine revealed that he had been hurt by criticism from fans and media.
“What they said seemed stupid to me,” Lionel Messi said. “Then I did not sing, it was because I was angry. So many bad things, ugly things, happened with the national team that I heard everything there is to hear. Even from people who today speak well. I knew I was not performing well for Argentina, but I was not the only one.
“The team were not doing well and some people wanted me to go out and win games on my own. Things were said that had nothing to do with playing well or badly, things outside football. I cried more than once, in 2006 and 2010, when we did not achieve our goals [at those World Cups].”
Lionel Messi further talked about the close relationship he has with the Argentine football legend Diego Maradona. Lionel Messi revealed that he has known Diego Maradona since 1990.
“I saw Maradona recently, it was after we lost in Madrid [in La Liga on March 2],” Lionel Messi said. “I was feeling bad as we had lost, because I had missed a chance, but seeing him cheered me up a lot. I remember seeing him live, in Newell’s ground, when I was six years old. When he was national coach we got even closer.”