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.

 
 

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.

BALLON D’OR

I Really want xavi  to win the ballon d’Or I think its his year even the messiah said it and you can’t argue with him. a total of seven Barca players are up for the award so hopefully one of my boys will get if not  I would want it to go to andres.i know that messi is the favorite to win and dont get me wrong i love messi  but he has so many years left of playing .i think xavi should be recognise as the world-class player he is and finally get it.

Perdón si mi español no es bueno……

Realmente quiero que xavi gane el ballon d’Or pienso su su año hasta el Mesías lo dijo y usted no puede discutir con él. un total de siete jugadores Barca aumenta para el premio tan con esperanza uno de mis muchachos se pondrá si no yo quisiera que esto para ir a andres.i sepa que messi es el favorito para ganar y dont me consiguen incorrecto que amo messi pero él tiene tantos años dejados de jugar .i piensan que xavi debería ser reconocen como el jugador de categoría mundial que él es y finalmente conseguirlo.

My three best players of all time:)

mis tres mejores jugadores de todo el tiempo

tu tres

GOODBYE RAUL

I don’t think I ever cried so much in my life if you thought guti leaving was sad raul was just heartbreaking This was happened in the press conference be warned it will make you cry It doesn’t matter what team you follow this man was a legend.

Florentino Perez started the press conference of by saying.There are very few chosen to be the symbol of what madridismo is and what should be.And Raul is without a doubt one of them(Raul starts to get a bit teary)As the president reads his unbelievable list of achievements.He goes on to say It’s not goodbye It’s a see you later,Because this will always be your shirt and your crest and this stadium will always be you home.

Raul now took to the stage:This has been a very tough and difficult day for me  he said I also cried for guti me and him grew up together it has been emtional.”I’d like to thank everybody for their support throughout the years. The fans, my team-mates, coaches, presidents and the press. I want to say a special word of thanks to my family. I’d be nothing without them. I also want to wish Alfredo Di Stefano a speedy recovery.He said I feel like a footballer still and I will keep on playing,but I will always be loyal to real I have tried to give everything in my time here.He said he remembers bringing joy to his family on the day of his debut is one of his favorite moments.

He is asked the following questions by the press.

Why are you leaving?The moment has come it’s the last chance for me to try somewhere new.

A german journalist keeps asking about shackle?He repiles he doesn’t want to talk about it he wants to say his goodbye’s.

She keeps asking Will you bring your family?He answer’s wherever i go,my family will come with me.

How was Last night?”I did not want to get up this morning”My kids are very sad but they know they can see madrid wherever they go.He said he has been thinking a lot,happiness,sadness etc in the last few days ive slept very little

He has now left the press lounge and made his way to the bernabeu pitch he is now in tears as the crowd are singing his name he has just been handed his famous bullfighting cape he is blowing kisses to the fans.he signed jersey’s for the fans and before he left the pitch he said I will always be ready if Real Madrid need me. Hala Madrid!,” ended the legendary No.7 before leaving for the pitch of the Santiago Bernabeu he is still in tears you can see its been a hard day for him.

He adds he would like to thank everyone as he says goodbye.

Goodbye raul you are truly a real Madrid legend.Check out the real madrid website they have a video of him over the years very sad.

Raul with all the trophey’s his won over the years………………………..

JULIO BAPTISTA GETS MARRIED

congrats

The roma player got married to long time love Silvia Nistal in the Salamanca district the after party was held at the santiago benabeu stadium what a place to have the banquet.She looked beautiful in a long white strapless dress and if i do say he scrubs up well aswell.Also there was Barca target Cesc Fabregas (Him and Julio played together at arsenal) girlfriend Carla joined him I don’t no if I like her dress or not i cant decide i like the colour but the fit of the dress doesn’t do anything for her figure.And cescy’s head looks a little weird in the photo dont no what the camara man did to mess it up.

IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S ELEN VS CHRISTINE

    

                                                         

 

So everything is not  plain sailing for frank lampard…

His Ex girlfriend and baby momma Elen Rives and his new GF Christine Bleakley.According to the mirror  Elen will not allow Christine to see her and frank’s two daughter’s Luna(4) and Isla(3).

Elen has said she is not happy about Christine having a role in her girls live’s.elen is said to be hurt over frank and his very public relationship with his new gf.The 34 year old said she has found it hard to except the speed of which frank has moved on she found it especially hard seeing picture’s of them on holiday in sardina.So much she switches the T.V off when Christine come’s on(I Thought that’s what everyone does anyway)Elen and her friends have given her the nickname Christine “”HORSEFACE”” (How mean but she does have a very weird shaped head though).

A Source close to Christine is said to be really upset they say Christine want’s to be with frank all the time.but her involvement is limited as elen has made it clear she is not to meet her kids.She is also well aware elen is a fiery person and she doesn’t want to end up on her bad side.

Something tells me this little war wont be over any time soon I wonder what will happen if he marries Christine there is bound to be murder

So Frank Get in there and sort it out……………………