Lionel Messi Q&A Interview for Times Magazine

I love this Interview. He comes across as such a nice person. He talks about his life,Football, Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo.

On how he judges his own success: I don’t know. Every time I start a year, I start with the objective of trying to achieve everything, without comparing it to how I’ve done in other seasons, to what I’ve accomplished before, or to what we’ve accomplished as a group. For me, what’s happened has happened, and I’m always looking toward what’s ahead. You don’t have time to stop and think about everything that happens, it all happens too quickly. When I retire, I’ll stop and think about that.

On how his skills have evolved: I can’t really say. Year after year, I’ve grown, improved. I was lucky to start very young and always have very good colleagues around me as I was coming up, and this has helped me and how I play. And with [Barcelona coach Pep] Guardiola, I learned to play tactically, which is what I most needed, what my game needed. From the tactical point of view, it’s been about knowing how to stop [to think] on the field when we don’t have the ball. And that makes us better when we have it.

On whether he’s had to sacrifice fun in the pursuit of excellence: I never thought that. I always thought I wanted to play professionally, and I always knew that to do that I’d have to make a lot of sacrifices. I made sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. I changed my friends, my people. Everything. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream. That’s why I didn’t go out partying, or a lot of other things.

On his low-key lifestyle: I’ve always been this way, ever since I was young. I’ve always really just liked football, and I’ve always devoted a lot of time to it. When I was a kid, my friends would call me to go out with them, but I would stay home because I had practice the next day. I like going out, but you have to know when you can and when you can’t. That’s why I say nothing’s changed since I was young. My friends would go out and I’d stay home. But not for nothing, because I knew it had to be that way, and at that moment, I was dedicated to football.

On his first experiences at Barcelona’s famous La Masía training school: It helped me a lot because I came [from Argentina] alone, and I was with all the guys in the Masía, I was one of them. We were all from someplace else, and we helped each other. The truth is that there were a lot of happy moments because we were there together for a lot of time, and the relationships between all of us got stronger and stronger. Lots of happy times.

On his preparations for the next World Cup, and what he learned from the last one: I’m preparing now like I would for any match, any important match whether it’s the World Cup or Champions League or the Copa del Rey. I play all games the same, as if they were all finals. Nothing changes in my preparations.

On whether playing for Argentina in the World Cup brought a different kind of pressure: No, we feel pressure with every match: not just me, but anyone who’s on a national team. What I can say that I learned [in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa] is that the most important thing is that the team be strong, that they be united. That’s what’s important in a tournament that is so short.

On whether his rivalry with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo makes him a better player: I don’t think so. I never really fixated on him or compared myself with another player. My mentality is just to achieve more each year, to grow both as an individual and as a team, and if he wasn’t there, I’d be doing the same thing.

On what he thinks of Ronaldo: I think he’s a good person. I think he’s a good player, who brings a lot to Madrid, and who, in any moment, can decide a game.

On whether, when Ronaldo scores in a game, he feels pressure to do likewise: No. I care about how Madrid’s doing because they’re competing against us, and they’re in our League, and because almost every year, we compete for the title. But against Ronaldo, no.

On his competitiveness, and how he feels when he loses: I am competitive and I feel bad when we lose. You can see it in me when we’ve lost. I’m in a bad way. I don’t like to talk to anyone. I just retreat into myself and go over the game in my head: the things that went wrong, what I did wrong, why we didn’t win.

On how long he broods: Until the next game. Luckily we play a lot, so it happens quickly.

On how he feels when criticized by fellow Argentines for his performances with the national team: Yes, yes, it hurt, it bothered me. Because they said things that weren’t true — that I didn’t care as much about wearing the [Argentine] shirt. I didn’t feel that, I didn’t think that. And now, I think what people there understand that this is a team game, and that I try to play the same way there as I do in Barcelona, and always do the best I can.

On his strong identification with Argentina, despite having lived in Barcelona since age 12: I’ve never stopped being Argentine, and I’ve never wanted to. I feel very proud of being Argentine, even though I left there. I’ve been clear about this since I was very young, and I never wanted to change. Barcelona is my home because both the club and the people here have given me everything, but I won’t stop being Argentine.

On why he feels his countrymen are finally warming to him: You see it in the affection that people there have, for what they say on television. Before, there was a lot of criticism and everything was bad. And now it’s not like that. That’s good, because every country I go to, people have always received me very well, and in my own country that wasn’t happening.

On whether this adulation puts more pressure on him to score: No, I play the same as always. Whether it’s a friendly match, or for points, or a final, or any game — I play the same. I’m always trying to be my best, first for my team, for myself, for the fans, and to try and win.

On the qualities of his teammates that he admires: I haven’t changed my values, the values that I learned from my family. They’re the same ones I brought to Barça, to the club, that the guys in charge at La Masía teach to the kids: respect, humility, collegiality, respect one another no matter who he is.

On the World Cup 2014, and whether it will be his moment to silence his critics: I hope so. I hope it’s the moment for Argentina and that we can become champions. I’m going [to Brazil] because I want to be a champion and share the World Cup with my national team. But if it doesn’t turn out that way, I can’t do anything about it. And there’s still a lot of time. There’s still a lot of time to prepare and to improve.

 
 

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Back to work

Match this saturday Barcelona Fc Vs Sporting de Gijon at Camp Nou 20.00.

The players are back for there first training session since they all have been away on International duty. In total 14 first team regulars trained including, Valdes,Pinto,Xavi,Iniesta,Cesc,Pique,Puyol,Mascherano,Cuenca,Pedro,Keita,Alves,Busquets and Adriano also were two Barca B players Tello and Muniesa joined the first team for training at the Ciutat Esportiva.

 The four Players that are missing are Messi, Thiago, Alexis and Abidal. Messi has picked up a suspension for getting 5 yellow cards. (That is the last thing we need right now we need to keep the pressure on Madrid and we need are star man) Thiago and Abidal have been added to the very long list of injured Barca players they got injured on International duty (I think that International Friendly’s should not be played when there is very important leagues to be won am I the only one who thinks this )

Abidal will be out for 10 days while Thiago has strained his right Tibia in Training for Spain doctors are hopeful he will be available for upcoming matches. And thank be to God Alexis will be back tomorrow for the training session as Chile did not play there match until this morning.

Fridays training session will start at 18.00 at the ciutat esportiva training ground. Pep will also hold a post training session press conference. Pep looks like he is in need of holiday proto poor man has been under some serious stress being hounded by the Spanish press and that bloody ever-growing injury list which has happened all year, Like I have never seen anything like it one player after the next.

 I hope to God everything will go Barcelona’s way this weekend because never mind it giving Pep a headache they have been giving me a nervous breakdown lately and Sporting are not going to make it easy for them.

 I never spotted how small mascherano……..

How Sweet is Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos added two new tattoos too his many that he has all over his body. He got his Mother and Father names tattooed on to the side of his hands. I think it’s really cute. And I just put in the last photo well for the simple reason he has no shirt on.

I think I have picked the wrong career. Like seriously if this is what tattoo artists gets to work with I would be one happy camper.

Whats Going On With Pique

I am feeling a little sorry for poor old Pique lately. His been getting a lot of flack for his personal life since his got together with a certain colombian singer his football has come under some pressure. He is now always in the media for the wrong reasons like parking his very expensive car on a double yellow line in Barcelona and the door being took of by an on coming bus and the other one pep is really pissed off about Is Pique partying the night away in Barcelona nightclubs when he should be at home resting.

The barcelona technical staff have being asking his father what is going on because they are seriously worried about the way he is heading and had asked his father to talk to him

Pep  has left him on the bench in recent weeks and was not to happy with him last week when the Barcelona players had a day off Pep had asked his players to do some charity work going visiting their projects etc all did they had gone to their different foundations and then there is Pique who went and watched a fashion show with Shakira that just happened to be in every spanish magazine.

But I can understand why pep is so angry with him. Pep doesn’t like this kind of showing of lifestyle and to be honest I don’t like it either they get paid way too much money to be messing up their careers. Like does anyone remember Ronaldino and deco(The party boys of barca who got the attention for all the wrong things like their party antics and all the different women) Pep wanted them gone as soon as he got there hopefully him and Pique will be back to being buddies again.

Do people think his relationship with Shakira has brought him into the showbiz media way too much and its putting pressure on his football career ?

But hopefully he will be back to playing his best soon we need that smile back on his pretty face.

Talk about if looks could kill wouldn’t want to be that photographer right now. But the Girl behind him looks so happy slightly boarding on looking like a bit of a stalker ( I wonder did he turn around and see her hehe)

Xavi named La Caixa Ambassador

Xavi has been named as La Caixa Ambassador for Charitable work. Not only will he go down as the best midfielder of all time his such a nice man. Like what’s not to like about him.

The company and Xavi are joining forces to help the most vulnerable in Spain. They said they hope to improve the lives that are being affected by the overcoming poverty in Spain at the moment.