Messi: Barcelona is everything, but I'd go back to Argentina
Messi: "When they tell you you're the best in the world and give you the Balòn d'Òr, it's incredible. I don't put much importance on individual awards, but it's lovely".
In an interview with Sports Illustrated recorded as a 'film' called 'The World of Messi', the Argentine spoke about the joy of football when he was growing up, Barcelona and how he'd like to return to Argentina one day:
"I always had a ball with me, from the time I got up to when I went to sleep, I remember when I was little having such a brilliant time on the pitch, playing on those pitches where my brothers, my whole family played. That was when I was around 5 or 6 years old. For me those are special days".
Arrival at Barcelona
"It was a difficult moment, a marvellous moment on the one hand because I was going to play with Barcelona, but difficult too because I left my home and starting from scratch isn't easy. I came to Barça with the dream of playing in the Primera, that was my aim, I thought about nothing but football".
"Every time I walk out onto the pitch it's with the same excitement as the first time and I always want to get better. You can always grow and learn as a footballer and in life. The way I play has always been the same ever since I was small. What do I feel when I score a goal? It's a feeling of pure joy scoring a goal, I think it's a symptom of happiness".
"TRhe Balòn d'Òr made me very happy, it's special, important. When they tell you you're the best in the world and give you the Balòn d'Òr, it's incredible. I don't put much importance on individual awards, but it's lovely".
"I grew up here, my life is here, Barcelona gave me everything I have, but one day I'd like to go back to Argentina, I didn't really get the chance to enjoy growing up in Rosario with my family".
"We'll try and take the chance, it'll be very important for Argentina to win the cup, we deserve to win an important trophy".