Lionel Messi is arguably the greatest footballer to have graced the football pitch. The Argentine magician has had one of the most celebrated and trophy-laden careers of all-time, despite having a bittersweet run with his home country.
Here are the 17 best quotes by Messi.
"Barcelona gave me everything, they took a chance on me when nobody else would. I never have any desire to play for anybody else, I will be here for as long as they want me."
Motivational and inspirational quotes by Leo Messi
"Something deep in my character allows me to take the hits and get on with trying to win."
"Being named among the best at something is special and beautiful. But if there are no titles, nothing is won."
"Everything that's happened to me in my career has been special, even the tough times because they leave marks on you that shape your life."
"I don't need the best hairstyle or the best body. Just give me a ball at my feet and I'll show you what I can do."
"Sometimes you have to accept you can't win all the time."
"I start early and I stay late, day after day, year after year, it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success."
Free kicks or Penalties
"It's different. In one you have a barrier and distance, it's a different type of shot and you don't have the pressure of having to score. With a penalty you have more to lose than win and the goalkeeper feels more comfortable. The pressure is very different."
On Cristiano Ronaldos' challenge to move to a different team
"I don't need any change. I'm at the best team in the world. My challenges are renewed year after year. I do not need to change teams or leagues to set new goals. I am at home and I do not need to change"
On being a family man
"It's a very big change in every respect. You start to see different things and in a different way. The truth is that being a father is the most beautiful thing that's happened to me in all my life. We have two children and are waiting for another; the first was an incredible feeling, the second the same and so will be the third."
"Obviously Mateo doesn't yet, he finds it strange when someone comes and asks for a photo or an autograph. He doesn't understand. Thiago is starting to understand, more or less but not quite. He likes to go to the stadium and watch games, but he doesn't fully understand. Sometimes at home he sees me and calls me Messi like the fans do, he doesn't quite understand."
"I'm a normal person who tries to have a family life. Yes, it's true that I'd like to go unnoticed and have a normal life without everyone watching me from time to time."
Ballon d'Or vs club tittles, what holds most value for Leo.
"It's a beautiful way of recognising what it represents, but I've always said my priority was never individual awards. I would prefer to win another Champions League or LaLiga, they are my priorities. But it's beautiful to have these at home because of the meaning they have."
"There's nothing more satisfying than seeing a happy and smiling child. I always help in any way I can, even if it's just by signing an autograph. A child's smile is worth more than all the money in the world."
"Being a bit famous now gives me the opportunity to help people who really need it, especially children."
When will Lionel Messi retire from football??
"I have fun like a child in the street. When the day comes when I'm not enjoying it, I will leave football."
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