Messi: Copa del Rey was a turning point

Buenos Aires, May 22 (EFE).- Lionel Messi has described Barcelona’s Copa del Rey win this season as a turning point for the team.

The football star fell short of confirming his future with the Catalan club during an extensive interview in Diario Olé, a newspaper in his native Argentina.

“The cup was special because of the time we are in, and we had a good year because of different results,” Messi told the publication. “It’s a young team, with new people and this cup for the dressing room was a very important turning point.”

In the interview, Messi delved into his past and spoke of his move, at a young age, from Rosario in Argentina to Barcelona.

“Making that decision was difficult but quick at the same time. I didn’t hesitate or overthink it. At that time I didn’t know what it meant to leave your country, your people, your friends and start another life far away.

“It was hard at the beginning. It was hard because when I arrived I couldn’t play straight away due to paperwork, and when I did start I got injured,” he said.

“Then I was lucky because from that moment on, everything moved forward very quickly. I progressed very fast. I started climbing positions and playing with other guys.”

Messi was allowed to leave Barcelona earlier this year to join Argentina ahead of the Copa America.

“The whole team is looking forward to it, they’re excited to play. It’s been a while since we played. It’s a special cup, it’s different because there will be no fans here – but even so, personally, I’m really looking forward to it,” he said of the competition.

Barcelona drifted away from the top of La Liga at the end of the season and were knocked out of this year’s Uefa Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain.

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