Miss Rivalry With Ronaldo at La Liga: Lionel Messi

Barcelona's Luis Suarez Neymar and Lionel Messi celebrate a goal against Atletico Madrid during their Spanish First Division soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona

Barcelona's Luis Suarez Neymar and Lionel Messi celebrate a goal against Atletico Madrid during their Spanish First Division soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona

"Of course I will survive if you love me", Messi told RAC 1.

Messi scored his first goal of the season in a 4-0 thrashing of Sevilla on Sunday, after two months spoiled by calf and thigh injuries. At that time, I had it in mind to leave, not because I wanted to leave Barca but because I wanted to leave Spain.

"There was a time when I ended up exhausted by a lot of circumstances, it has happened several times, especially in 2013 and 2014, with the problems with the treasury and everything that came out". "For how I'm on the club, for what I feel, and for the family and the kids and how settled we're in this metropolis". 'My idea is to stay here forever. If Barcelona is the body, Messi is its soul. I've always thought this way and nothing has changed.

Messi began playing football aged six for Newell's Old Boys, the Rosario club he supports in Argentina.

"There was a time that one ends up tired and exhausted by a series of circumstances".

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Ever since Barca signed Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid earlier this year, there have been rumors that Messi is not happy with the decision as he wanted the club to re-sign his former teammate and good friend, Neymar.

Griezmann joined the LaLiga champions in a long-anticipated €120million transfer ahead of the 2019-20 season. He has ended up staying there and I hope everything goes as well for him as possible.

- Messi: "Griezmann's coming from a playing a different way to how we play here but we have no doubt he will adapt because he has quality and he is intelligent".

Messi's contract at Barcelona itself will soon run out. I have no problem with him. However, Messi chose to stay put and La Liga president has now thanked him for continuing in the league. "But it isn't true that I decide who we are to sign or which coach is here", reported BBC quoting the interview. "To enact success, all of us will personal to be united".

Asked about the centre-back's claims, Messi admitted he was surprised by what was said, adding that he would not have publicly stated something like that.

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