Lionel Messi has finally responded to Cristiano Ronaldo’s constant call for him to leave his ‘comfort zone’ and play in other leagues, as he has done, has said he “never had the need to leave the best club in the world, Barcelona”.
Messi’s arch-rival, Ronaldo has switched from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United, Real Madrid and now at Juventus.
The Portugal international, fondly called CR7, expects Leo to imitate him and take up challenge elsewhere.
But Messi says as long as he enjoys himself at Barcelona, there is no need to change environment.
He told Marca:
“Everyone looks for their targets and their experiences.
“I never had the need to leave the best club in the world, that Barcelona are, and where I enjoy training, games and the city. [The city to club dynamic] is very complete and I was always sure about the targets at this club [rather than going to] look for it elsewhere”
On how he find himself as a player, the captain said: “I’d rather people talk about me. I know what I am, what I did and what I can give, but I keep it to myself.
“People can have their say. I don’t like to talk about myself, I like to talk about the collective.”
Furthermore, speaking on how he feels after missing some games due to injury, the 32 year old stated:
It is difficult because your mind is fine; you think that you are 25 years old and that you can continue doing the same things [as before] at the time.
“But the body rules and there are circumstances in which you have to be more careful than before.
“Adapting to it requires a process and preparing differently for training and matches.”