Lionel Messi claims he will be stepping back more in new position
Written by MAX FM on January 15, 2020
Lionel Messi has hinted he will be stepping back more in the closing stages of his career adding he is not concerned about scoring goals.
The 32-year-old is known for scoring many goals despite playing behind a striker but the Barcelona captain is thinking about playing in a deeper position.
And Messi would likely not score many goals as usual but that does not bother the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“I think less and less about scoring goals,” Messi told La Liga on DAZN .
“I’m starting to step back more and more to be the creator rather than the one who finishes.
“Obviously I like scoring and If have a chance I’ll take it, but every time I go on to the pitch I’m less focused on scoring goals and more focused on the game. I’ve never been obsessed with goals.
“I understand that people will talk about it when I stop scoring so many, but that’s part of the game, part of growing as a player and adapting to the times, to be the best player both for yourself and for the team, ” Messi added that he wasn’t always such a prolific scorer.
“There was a time I didn’t score many goals. “I always scored goals both for Argentina and for Barcelona’s youth team, but I had a hard time scoring during the first few years I played in the first team. I would either make mistakes or I was unlucky.
“I had so many chances but I couldn’t score, until one day everything clicked and the ball started going in. It took me a few years before that happened. “I remember [Samuel] Eto’o told me: ‘the day you start scoring, you won’t stop,” he said.