Lionel Messi spoke at a press conference on Monday about the World Cup and his fitness.
Messi was at the press conference with Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni on Monday before the game vs. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Messi spoke about his fitness. Here is what he had to say:
“I am feeling very well, I am very well. Playing condition, I think that I come here in great form both personally and physically. I have no issues whatsoever. I heard there were rumors about having to miss part of the training or training a part of the training, no, it’s just precautions. Nothing strange or out of the ordinary.
“We’re in the middle of the season and I feel well. Once we start playing a few more games, we will get pace and I have been playing recently. That’s what I’ve been trying to do recently up until the World Cup. I haven’t done anything different, I just took care of myself. I have worked as I have done throughout my entire career. This is a special moment, most likely my last World Cup. My last opportunity to make my dream, our dream a reality.”
He was also asked about the team and the World Cup:
“We are ready, we feel well and it’s always such a special moment to play a World Cup. The atmosphere, a new beginning ahead of a new match. It’s always very special.
For most of them, it will be their first World Cup. We have to deal with anxiety.
“Yes, it’s great that so many fans are supporting us and that so many people want us to win. I am very grateful for the love I have felt throughout my career. Everywhere I have been, I have felt it so strongly.”
We just won a tournament and obviously it helps you work in a different way. You don’t feel as anxious. It doesn’t put as much pressure on you, we just focus on enjoying our time with the national team. This squad really reminds me of that of 2014, it was a very similar strong. We were very united, we were very clear about what we had to do on a pitch and it’s great to come here with such great form and it gives you confidence.”
About how he is doing:
“I don’t know if it’s the best moment of my career but I Feel really well. Maybe a bit more mature, always trying to give the best and enjoy everything. Again, trying to enjoy each moment. I think I am really enjoying it much more now.
“Before, maybe I didn’t think about that, I just wanted to play but now I am trying to enjoy it. When you play every 3 days, you don’t have time to enjoy. Now we have to enjoy a bit more. Before it was just playing and thinking about the next game. One just wants to keep playing and winning.
“I missed a lot of things in my career and now I Think I am just trying to enjoy it a bit more.”
As I said, I think the age makes you see things differently. Maybe a bit more importance to small details. Before I didn’t do it. Now maybe I try to focus more on all the details.