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As the biggest star player in the world of soccer , Lionel Messi of Argentina is an enigma and a leader — all at the same time.
Throughout his illustrious career, he has often served as the main attraction.
Messi became the youngest player to score 600 goals for one club in January 2004. He’s also the current holder of many records and has played more than 500 games for Barcelona since his debut.
During this 2014 interview with CNN, Messi speaks about football, life and money.
Real Madrid is the favorite team to meet in the final of this year’s Champions League (currently on way to be decided between Barcelona and Tottenham). How will this affect the chances of the team and Messi for the title? Will the super state of the league and the football showpiece in England affect any outcomes?
In terms of the final, I think that I am going to do the best on the pitch, to perform at my best level. The Premier League is great. I think that we want to enter as champions, because this is one of the best teams in the world and we want to enter as champions. And the motivations for me, are to continue playing at the highest level I can perform at.
The club is in very good shape, so it’s not a huge hurdle. I have confidence that I can help in the situations that we are in.
How do you respond to people saying this is the last season of Messi?
I don’t know what people are trying to find out by saying that, it is not a valid statistic. Every player has the same feeling about his career. The ball is moving and you want to advance to the next level. I am going to be 29. So it is a long time, but I would say that I have more of a defined, directed career, the last years more then the first one.
But I will continue to work as hard as I can.
How difficult is it to follow Ronaldinho and Ronaldo?
If I had to compare myself to them or say I am their successor, it is not a word that I agree with. To win major trophies with a team, to play for the best club in the world is like the definition of happiness. How you can say that the players that have won a trophy in front of you have ascended a different level and can take what others have achieved? I think you need to wait.