Leo Messi has opened up on life at Barcelona in a candid chat with FourFourTwo magazine.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner spoke honestly about a variety of different issues; from his personal life, to his best friends.
Here are some of the highlights:
His best friend is in the Barça dressing room: “We all get on well, but I’ve always been closest to Dani Alves, because we played down the right of the pitch together when he joined Barça”.
“We’ve spent a lot of time together on and off the pitch and we’ve developed a great
friendship in our personal lives. That also helps a lot in games”.
Leo on Gerard Piqué: “There are moments when he jokes around, but when it comes to playing football there are only two things I would use to describe him: serious and hard-working”.
Messi on the atmosphere in the Barcelona dressing room:”We try to have a social life that goes beyond training and games. We spend time together when we can, but we also all have our own lives. We need time to spend with our families. We have obligations and many of us have children to take to school or put to bed early. Our children need some of our time”.
Messi on his early days with Barça: “I still remember my first trial with Barça. I was 13 years old and I was in Barcelona for 15 days. We were staying in a hotel close to Plaça Espanya and everything went very well. My teammates were very welcoming and it only took two days before I started calling them my ‘friends’. It was an incredible experience”.