Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi maintains that collective honours at the Camp Nou mean more to him than adding to hundreds of his individual trophies.
The Argentine wizard insists a sixth Ballon D’Or does not make it’s way to his personal target list, while Collective Honours at Barcelona do. The Barcelona and Real Madrid pair of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have fought against each other for decades to prove who is better but there is no definitive answer to this question. Six Champions League and eight La Liga titles have been shared between Barcelona and Real Madrid since 2009, but it’s individually that they stand out ahead of the rest.
FACT: 4,000 goals have now been scored at Camp Nou. ⚽️
….Lionel Messi has scored or assisted 10% of them. Wow.
— SPORF (@Sporf) January 25, 2018
And with Cristiano Ronaldo enduring a disappointing start with Los Blancos, Lionel Messi has flourished this term and has already surpassed Bayern Munich legend Gerd Müller as Europe’s top scorer with a single club. After scoring 26 goals in all the competitions this season, Messi is emerging as an early favourite to win the Ballon D’Or in 2018, but the Argentine is less focused on it and is more focused on winning collective honours with this teammates.
At a sponsors event on Friday, Messi said: “I’ve already said my objective is not individual prizes but to get all the trophies available. Hopefully, we will finish [the season] in the best way. I think we’re on the right track. Luckily, things are going well. I’m happy with how things are going, although there’s still a long way to go. It’s the same [goal] as every season: to try to win everything.”
Lionel Messi for Barça this season:
31 games ️
26 goals ⚽️
5 brace 2️⃣
What a season! pic.twitter.com/NcIvsLhU2Q
— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) January 25, 2018
Lionel Messi has also admitted one regret over Philippe Coutinho’s £142m January transfer to Barcelona from Liverpool, lamenting the fact that the playmaker couldn’t join the club when he first asked for six months earlier.
Messi said: “Both Coutinho and Yerry could have come in the summer but they weren’t able to, Masche is leaving and we have a centre-back to replace him and we’re happy that’s the case. We’re happy they are with us.”
I do agree with Messi completely, collective honours are anytime better than individual honours. Well, Barcelona is off to a flying start this season and it will be worth watching that how far they go in every competition. However, if both the team and Messi himself keep up their individual form there is no one stopping them from sweeping up every trophy available.
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