Leo Messi Quote on teamwork

I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else.

~ Lionel Messi, 10 March 2012

The four time Balon d’Or winner prefers the glory achieved as team over his individual accomplishments. Would he really be the same without Xavi, Iniesta, and Barcelona?

See the full interview in English or Spanish from El Pais.


Pique on Messi: Don’t worry. We can’t catch him.

“We thought he was mute,” said Gerard Piqué, the lanky Barcelona center back who played with Messi in the club’s youth academy. “He was in the dressing room, on the bench, just sitting. He said nothing to us for the first month. We traveled to Switzerland to play a tournament, and he started to talk and have fun. We thought it was another person. He was really good, but he was really small and thin. His legs were like fingers. One coach said, ‘Don’t try to tackle him strong, because maybe you will break him.’

And we said, ‘O.K., but don’t worry because we cannot catch him.’ ”

From the NYTimes.

Jose Mourinho on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

 All I know is that talking about who is the best player in the world should be banned because they are both from another planet.

Debería estar prohibido elegir quién es el mejor jugador del mundo porque estos dos son de otro planeta.

~ Jose Mourinho, 7 October 2012


After Real Madrid and Barcelona drew the latest El Clasico 2 -2, Jose Mourinho gave the great quote above about the two best players in the world, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored all four goals in the match. I’m not sure that football fans realize how good we have it. These two are quickly becoming the planet’s biggest superstars and we are watching it unfold.