Liga leader in mid-league, thanks to a better goal difference than the real Madrid, and once again came out first in his group during the group stage of the Champions League, the FC Barcelona still had a hectic start to the year. Consequence of the rout experienced during the Spanish Super Cup. Ernesto Valverde had to give way to Quique Setien and if the new Blaugrana coach is a cantor of Cruyffism, his arrival could lead to a tactical revolution.
But Barca can prepare for another revolution, this one concerning its absolute icon, Lionel Messi. Whoever has no less than 619 goals in 707 matches claims to have changed his game and no longer be obsessed with the goal. This is what he said in an interview with DAZN, a sports streaming platform.
Be more creative
“I think less and less of scoring goals. I start playing more and more distant to be the creator rather than the one who finishes the actions, he explained. Obviously, I like to score and if I have a chance, I’ll take it, but every time I go on the field, I’m less focused on goals and more on the game. ”
A logical metamorphosis in his eyes. “I imagine people will talk about it as soon as I stop scoring so many goals. But it’s part of the game. It’s part of a player’s evolution and adaptation to an era, to be the best both for himself and for the team. ” he continued.
The Albiceleste player remembered his beginnings at Barca, where he was not yet the machine he has since become. “There was a time when I didn’t score a lot of goals. I have always scored for Argentina and for the Barcelona youth teams, but I had a hard time scoring when I started with the first team, he recalled. So far I have had a click and the ball has started to enter. It took a few years for this to happen. And I remember Eto’o saying to me, “The day you start scoring, you won’t stop!”