Messi returns with a bang and vows to never leave Barcelona
Barcelona’s crown jewel Lionel Messi has vowed not to play for any other club for his entire professional career. The Argentinean hit-man returned to action from the bench after a long injury spell in the last 16 stage of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey match against Getafe at Camp Nou.
It appeared as if Messi hadn’t been out of action at all. With an injury-time brace to his name, Messi helped Barcelona record a 4-0 win over Getafe. It looked as if Messi was finally over his muscle injuries, which nagged him through much of 2013.
During his recovery time Messi was heavily involved in a ‘war of words’ with Barcelona’s vice president Javier-Faus. The battle revolved around Messi’s humongous salary package. The issue riled up both parties so much that speculation arose Messi could be involved in the biggest transfer in the history of football.
However, Messi has now confirmed that he has no intentions of ever leaving the Catalans.
“My idea is to stay here and play my whole career at Barcelona,” said Messi, who replaced Andres Iniesta for the last half an hour of the game. Messi was a bit silent in the beginning, but was soon found in the thicket of action around the box. With a clinical goal Messi restarted his goalscoring spree and then proved he was fully fit by making a solo run for a stunning goal.
“I was really looking forward to coming back,” Messi said. “I was a long time off the pitch. I felt good in the training sessions. I tested myself in every way, but out on the pitch everything is different. I felt good physically, aside from the goals. I did not feel any pain in the hamstring. The injury is cured. I will work physically to be able to enjoy myself on the pitch.”
It is perhaps still early to suggest that Messi will start in the mouthwatering La Liga battle between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, but Messi is eager to fit into the first-team by then.
“I will speak with Martino and the doctor,” Messi said. “After all the injuries, I want to play. If I can be there, I will be. I always think about the club. I have the excitement of always. Now are coming five or six hard months.”