- Lionel Messi topped The Greatest FIFA Males’s Participant in Milan
- Beat fellow finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to the award
- Messi speaks to FIFA concerning the season previous and his future with membership and nation
Milan’s Teatro alla Scala acclaimed #TheBest on Monday night. Lionel Messi collected The Greatest FIFA Males’s Participant award for the primary time, although it’s the sixth time that he has been recognised by world soccer’s governing physique because the participant of the yr.
After beating fellow finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to the award, the 32-year-old Argentinian star shared his views of the night with FIFA and seemed again on his award-winning season.
You’ve gained quite a lot of awards however that is your first The Greatest. How do you’re feeling?
I’m very pleased to obtain this award. Like I all the time say, although, particular person awards are secondary to me as a result of it’s the staff that counts. It’s a particular evening as a result of I’m fortunate sufficient to have my spouse right here and two of my three kids as nicely. To have the ability to take pleasure in this second with them is exclusive.
This award apart, how would you sum up the season you’ve simply had?
It was unusual. We had been having a implausible season as a staff after which one match modified all of it (Barcelona’s defeat to Liverpool within the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final). It was such a large disappointment that we simply didn’t connect any significance to the League and we didn’t put together correctly for the Copa del Rey closing. That’s how large a blow it was for us. That one sport left its mark on a season that had been excellent as much as then. We had been so shut to creating one other Champions League closing, however it ended up being a painful marketing campaign for us.
On the current UEFA awards, you had been seen chatting very amicably with Cristiano Ronaldo. Why do you assume persons are stunned once they see each of you getting alongside collectively?
Due to the large sporting rivalry that’s developed between us over the previous few years, as a result of one us performed for Barcelona and the opposite for [Real] Madrid, and since we gained particular person awards. Individuals maybe assume the rivalry goes past soccer, however it doesn’t. We each need what’s greatest for our groups and neither of us like shedding. It’s one thing we don’t settle for. That’s why there’s that competitiveness between us. The essential factor is that it stays there, out on the pitch.
We’ve seen some new faces at Barcelona in the beginning of the season, akin to Ansu Fati. What do you make of the expectation he’s producing?
I actually like him and I attempt to assist and assist him. He’s an incredible participant and he’s bought what it takes to succeed. But when I take a look at it via my eyes, I’d like them to carry him on step by step, like they did with me once I began, taking issues good and simple and with out placing stress on him. You must keep in mind that he’s solely 16. I hope he retains on having fun with it and that every one the fuss round him doesn’t have a detrimental impression on him as a result of he has the standard to develop into among the best.
So now you may perceive how Ronaldinho handled you if you began out.
Ronaldinho and [Frank] Rijkaard too, who was the coach again then. In reality, I’d say the entire staff. Everybody helped me in a technique or one other, particularly the coach when he left me out and I used to get aggravated (smiles). Now that I’m older I’ve come to grasp that was one of the best factor for me and I’ll all the time be grateful to him for that. I’ve advised him that too. The way in which he dealt with me was actually essential.
The Argentinian nationwide staff are present process a serious transformation too. Have any of your team-mates stunned you specifically?
I wouldn’t say they’ve stunned me as a result of I knew them already and I do know what they’re able to. I see them with their golf equipment and I knew concerning the new breed coming via. The place they’ve stunned me, although, is as individuals. There have been quite a lot of them that I didn’t know personally, and it was a stunning shock to have the ability to Share a Copa America with them and see that apart from being nice gamers they’re very regular and down-to-earth individuals too.
Lionel Scaloni has simply been given the Argentina job on a everlasting foundation. How would you describe him?
He’s a coach who has issues clear in his head, who is aware of tips on how to watch soccer and is excellent at getting issues throughout. He’s simple to grasp, he’s good at his job and he is aware of tips on how to deal with the gamers. I believe they bought it proper in giving him the job completely and the area and time he must work with the nationwide staff.
Speaking of Scaloni and Pablo Aimar, do you see your self as a coach at some point?
I’ve all the time mentioned that I don’t, however you by no means know. I take a look at them and begin considering that I want to work with children, to coach them and coach them, however proper now I actually can’t see it occurring. It’d occur over the brand new few years, although. I don’t know.
And speaking of coach, we’ve to ask you about Diego Maradona’s return to Argentinian soccer. Did you see him take up his new job?
Sure, I noticed it. Clearly I’m delighted to see him again, to see him teaching once more. I used to be there when he was accountable for the nationwide staff and he actually loved it, lived it to the utmost. He has to do the identical now with Gimnasia. I’m delighted he’s again in Argentinian soccer, which is the place he must be in the event you ask me.
And what about you? Are you considering of ending your profession again in Argentina?
Sure. That’s what I’ve all the time mentioned, haven’t I? It’s a childhood dream of mine to play within the Newell’s shirt, although I don’t know if I could make it occur. It’s not simply all the way down to me, although. I’ve bought three kids.
La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa America: what’s Lionel Messi’s principal goal this season?
All of them. It’s been 4 years since we’ve gained the Champions League and we actually wish to win it once more. We all know, although, that if we don’t do the job day in time out, then we gained’t make it. And as for the Copa America, I’m actually trying ahead to having the chance to go for it but once more. I’m actually enthusiastic about this yr’s Copa.