Barcelona star, Lionel Messi has stated that he will be disappointed if his side fails to win the UEFA Champions League this year, ABC News can report.
Messi noted that it will be 5 years since Barcelona last won it and for a team as huge as the Catalan giants, it is too long a period.
Barcelona was knocked out of the Champions League last year by eventual winners, Liverpool, after they overcame a 3nil deficit to win the match 4-3 on aggregate at Anfield.
According to Messi, the team is yet to get over the defeat, particularly, because it was the second year in a row similar incidents had knocked them out of the competition – losing 3-0 in Rome after taking a 4-2 lead in the first leg in 2017.
“The Liverpool thing was our fault,” he confessed.
“It came after the Roma incident. We got a mental block as the Rome defeat came to mind.”
“We got worse and worse and it wasn’t because of the coach” the little magician as he is called, ABC News can report.
Messi and his greatest rival, Cristiano Ronaldo a level on the number of Ballon d’Or won but the Argentine forward insists he “It wouldn’t be a disappointment not to win it.”
“These awards are nice recognition, but for me, they were never a priority, I would be more disappointed to spend another year without winning the Champions League – it’s been five years since we’ve done it” Messi added, ABC News can report.
The Barca forward also admitted that he desired Ronaldo staying at Real Madrid as he added some spice to the league and El-Classico.
The two have been subject of intense debates over the last decade and have shared between them almost all individual accolades up for grabs within the period, setting new standards and benchmark to rate footballers.
In an interview with RAC1, Messi told the journalist, “I wanted him to continue with Real Madrid,” adding that “He gave a plus to the rivalry in the Clasico and La Liga.”
“Real Madrid will continue to challenge because they have very good players, but I already said that the team was going to feel his loss for what he meant and that the squad would notice. But they have plenty of players to allow them to fight for every title and they have a lot of history” the Argentina captain stressed.