Ever since Lionel Messi made his professional debut with Barcelona, the Catalans have ruled Spain year after year, but they’ve struggled lately to replicate their success abroad.
The Blaugranas looked poised for another UEFA Champions League trophy last year, but a huge breakdown at Anfield opened up the door for Liverpool to come back from a 3 goal deficit and knock them out of the competition.
And to make things even worse for Ernesto Valverde’s team, Valencia beat them at the Copa del Rey final, forcing them to settle for just another La Liga trophy last season.
Hence, Lionel Messi addressed Barcelona supporters following the Joan Gamper trophy game vs. Arsenal, vowing to go back to their winning ways in all fronts this year:
“It’s hard to say something after last season, but I don’t regret anything. But I have no doubt that together we are going to fight again for everything. We won eight League titles in 11 years. We do not give it the value it deserves but over the years we will see how difficult it was. This club fights for everything and this year will be no different. We have renewed dreams. Visca Barca and Visca Catalunya!” Messi claimed after the game, as quoted by Infobae.
The 32-year-old has looked more mature and has become a more vocal leader since becoming Barcelona’s captain and he’s even bound to serve a 3-month suspension for publically bashing Conmebol after the Copa America.
His new alpha-dog attitude will come handy for Barcelona as they need him to step up in the UEFA Champions League next season if they want to succeed at a European level.
The Blaugrana signed Antoine Griezmann from Atletico de Madrid and look determined to pursue a triplet, so expect Messi to be extra motivated from day one, which is a scary thought for the rest of the world.