Barcelona’s Lionel Messi started earning major individual awards and trophies since 2009 when the Argentine forward received the 2009 FIFA Ballon d’Or and from there on out Messi has kicked off an illustrious career where he continues earning more pieces of silverware as each season passes on and more records being broken.
One of the latest records that Messi managed to break was the Champions League goal-scoring record which was established by Real Madrid’s Raul as the Spanish attacker had scored a total of 71 goals in the European competition but Messi became the new top goal-scorer after scoring his 74th goal in the Champions League during Barcelona’s victory against APOEL which was played on November 25 at the GSP Stadium in Cyprus.
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Star of Barcelona Lionel Messi is undergoing the final stages of his recovery. The Argentenean picked up the injury during Barcelona’s La Liga encounter against Real Betis which was played back in November 10.
The injury forced Messi to be out of the playing ground of Barcelona for 7 weeks but he is expected to play for Barcelona’s match against Elche, whether Messi plays for the entire match or just makes a minor substitute appearance depends entirely on the decision of the coach Tata Martino.
“He definitely needed to rest physically because he had already suffered this [injury] and there was no other option than to stop playing. He had four or five injuries in a row in a muscle that he uses a lot in accelerating from a standstill, which is what sets him apart. He had to stop no matter what and he’ll be like a bull when he is back’’ Fabregas said.
Barcelona managed to deal fairly well with the absence of their star player as they only managed to lose 1 encounter but the remaining players of the team stepped it up and filled in during the matches that Messi was out injured.
Tata Martino’s team has shown interest in signing the 26 years defender of Chelsea David Luiz. The Brazilian defender has already admitted that he received offers from the Catalan last year but he decided on staying in Chelsea but now it is believed that even though Jose Mourinho considers Luiz to be a vital player for him and the team, if a significant offer for the player is made then he will be offloaded.
The defensive area of Barcelona has always been one of the zones that they have struggled and the addition of David Luiz is expected to fulfill those gaps and weaknesses shown by the club in this season and in the past few years as well.
Barcelona star striker Lionel Messi has said that individual records do not matter to him, but the number of titles he won with Barcelona that matter to him. The 25-year-old Argentine scored 73 goals in all competitions for Barcelona, which is now a world record. Despite this, Lionel Messi failed to win the league title and also defend the Champions League crown. Real Madrid managed to lift the league title after four seasons without a major trophy, while Chelsea managed to win their first ever Champions League title. Despite scoring 73 goals in all competitions for Barcelona, Lionel Messi missed the crucial penalty against Chelsea in the semifinals.
The Barcelona superstar has said that the penalty miss still hurts a lot because it would have given his side a route into the final of the competition. No team has managed to lift the Champions League title in successive seasons since the inception into the current format in 1992. Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo may have scored only 50 goals in all competitions for his club, but he helped them lift the la Liga title and also helped Portugal into the semifinals of the Euro 2012. Lionel Messi has said that individual goal scoring records do not matter to him.
“I’m not looking to beat my tally of goals, that is not my objective. I want to try and develop as a player and to give more to the team. I hope I still have margin to continue improving. My objective is to win more titles. Tito helped me improve a great deal when I was younger. I never imagined I would run into him again in the first division, but I am very pleased to have him here,” said Messi. Messi will be hoping to reclaim both the la Liga and Champions League titles this season.