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Lionel Messi on the rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo: “It has been wonderful and it has served us both”

Days after receiving the 7th Golden Ball of his career, Lionel messi gave an interview to the magazine France Football in which he referred to his career and his time in the Spanish league, where to compete with Cristiano Ronaldo helped him grow professionally. In addition, the Argentine star, who at 34 years lives for the first time the experience of being part of a club that is not the Barcelona, speaks in the French press about his bad losing and the bad times that he has gone through this character that has “Since childhood.”

“With Cristiano we have had a competition for years within the same championship. It has been wonderful and it has helped us both to continue growing in our respective careers, but without necessarily being aware. I just wanted to improve myself to be the best in general, not to be better than someone else ”, said the PSG player.

“I have never liked losing. I’ve learned … I’m not going to say I’ve gotten used to it, but I’ve learned to accept defeat. You cannot win all the time. I have lost many times but it always hurts me not to reach my goals “he commented in the interview.

The Argentine confesses that before the birth of his children he could spend a long time locked up and only after a defeat, but with the arrival of the little ones he has learned to relativize, “to forget what happens on the ground.”

“As a kid I hated losing and I grew up with that mindset. Wanting to always win, all the time. Not only in football, in all games ”, he explained.

Messi, who talks about his humble origins and the hormonal treatment that he began to receive as a child and that motivated his departure to Barcelona in order to pay for it, defines himself as an orderly person in his professional and private life.

“I have always liked routine. I think it has helped me achieve everything I have achieved “he argued.

Regarding his game in the Argentine national team, he confessed that he has never been bothered by being criticized for his lack of leadership since he does not compare himself with Diego Maradona, although he explained that in the past he was bothered by “other criticisms” that had “nothing to do with him. soccer”.

“I am happy with everything I have experienced, although sometimes I have to admit that I would like to go unnoticed, enjoy my family without people recognizing me”, defended the player who ensures that “never” he has sought to be the best.

“I am content to be considered and cited as one of the best players in the world. I would never have dared to imagine or dream of something like this. But I don’t give that much importance to all that. It doesn’t change anything for me to be the best or not “he added.

With information from EFE

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