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Lionel Messi: Playing Football is a Gift

telegraphindia: Lionel Messi is ea­ger to be back playing for Ba­r­c­elona again this weekend aft­er admitting the suspension of football “has made me think”.

La Liga was halted in Ma­rch due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Barca two poi­nts clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table after 27 games.

Spain’s top flight returned on Thursday with the Seville Derby. Barcelona are set to resume their campaign at Real Mallorca on Saturday.

Messi has described football as “a gift” and is happy at the prospect of playing once more after three months of un¬ certainty.

“Being away from the game has made me think,” he said in an Adidas video.

“I feel like any other player. I just want to play. And to play our game is a gift. To be supported by so many, even more so. To be able to inspire others, and be inspired. And maybe the greatest gift of all: to create joy for others. So, now the game has returned, I’m ready for its gift again.”

Messi is the top scorer in La Liga this season, with 19 goals from 22 appearances, five clear of nearest challenger Karim Benzema. The 32-year-old also has the most assists, with 12, four ahead of Real Sociedad forward Portu.

The Argentine star is bidding to win his 11th league title with Barca and his 25th club trophy in total.

Messi’s fitness has become a concern after he missed th­ree training sessions last week with tightness in his thigh.

Coach Quique Setien said Messi will know how to manage his own fitness through La Liga’s rapid end to the season but has no injury problems.

“He is perfectly fine, he has trained with the rest of his teammates and he feels good. I don’t see any problem,” said Setien in a press conference on Friday.

With Liga aiming to finish on July 19, with each team will be playing their remaining 11 matches over just 39 days.

An intense period of fixtures will stretch players like Messi, who will be crucial to Barca’s title bid.

Asked if Messi could play all 11 games, Setien said: “We will have to play it by ear, fortunately Messi and a lot of the players with experience know how to manage themselves. If any risk arises, he will be the first one to say that he needs a rest.”

Setien also said Luis Suarez is available after he recovered from a knee injury but believes he could need time to find full fitness. “He is likely to play but it may not be for the whole game,” said Setien.

“It would be taking a risk that we are probably not going to take. He is in good condition and getting better every day but after five months it’s true that it will be good for him to play and he will need some games to be the best Luis Suarez.”

Defender Nelson Semedo is available despite breaking La Liga protocol and having to train alone on Thursday. Semedo had reportedly attended a gathering of more than 20 people earlier in the week.

Source: Published by telegraphindia

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Oghenekome Sylvester
Oghenekome Sylvester
3 months ago

Messi was born to play football
For me watching him play is a gift!

Adewole olatunde samuel
Adewole olatunde samuel
3 months ago

We are also eager to watch football too

James Mamah
James Mamah
3 months ago

And am glad football is back

Hassan faruuq opeyemi
Hassan faruuq opeyemi
3 months ago

Messi is a wonderful player. He is very special and smart. I wish him quick recovery.

Odunlami Soliu Omololu
Odunlami Soliu Omololu
3 months ago

Yeah, Football is a free gift.And nice one from the coach.The players, with their experiences they can cope under any conditions.

Deborah folami anuoluwapo
Deborah folami anuoluwapo
3 months ago

We are also eager to watch football too says ooooo

Anene ifeanyi
Anene ifeanyi
3 months ago

Messi himself is a gift ti football

Victor Destiny
Victor Destiny
3 months ago

Messi was born to plays football, i mean they are somethings he does at the pitch that makes one ask “how he does it”. The way he plays and dribble makes football look so easy but it isn’t easy, he is gifted and born to play football. Messi is a pure masterclass and is always joy to watch him play.

Adisa Taiwo
Adisa Taiwo
3 months ago

That’s true

Olawoore Tesleem
Olawoore Tesleem
3 months ago

He was born with football.

Oyenola Oluwadamilola Oluwamayowa
Oyenola Oluwadamilola Oluwamayowa
3 months ago

Wao

Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
3 months ago

Well said Messi, truly football is a gift to us

Matthew chinedu
Matthew chinedu
3 months ago

Messi what’s born with football

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
3 months ago

Not just Gift but also Talent

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
3 months ago

Messi is a very wonderful player l like him

Esther Areo
Esther Areo
3 months ago

Messi is an extraordinary football player I think he deserve more trophy

Sakiru Ridwan Abolaji
Sakiru Ridwan Abolaji
3 months ago

thank God football is back

Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
3 months ago

Football was born in messi

Alabi Morgan
Alabi Morgan
3 months ago

Football is a gift indeed,the sport is loved by so many people

Joshua Samson
Joshua Samson
3 months ago

Messi is really a talented player with specific gift

Emeghurhie Efe
Emeghurhie Efe
3 months ago

Football is a gift is absolutely true. He is phenomenal with his play and have to keep up to the game too! Now that he is injured but still willing to play he is although have the love for the game. He kept the highest goal scorer this season too…I hope he keep to that but there will be competition for the title because they are just two points away from Madrid. Let the strongest side take the lead! I wish all teams well!

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
3 months ago

Yes I can say that God intentionally blessed him with that great talent

Aba Osita Oscar
Aba Osita Oscar
3 months ago

A gift from God indeed

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
3 months ago

Ture talk

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
3 months ago

Football is really a gift that God gave him

Francis
Francis
3 months ago

Messi is a good Footballer for Barcelona

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
3 months ago

Yes, football is indeed a gift. Messi is a great player, watching him play gives me great joy.

Segun John
Segun John
3 months ago

Can’t wait

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
3 months ago

Football is a great gift to mankind.

Ajayi akinniyi
Ajayi akinniyi
3 months ago

Is a really gift from God

Abiodun Areo
Abiodun Areo
3 months ago

Try talk from Messi football is truly a gift

Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
3 months ago

Messi is a very good and talented player with a very good expirence

Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
3 months ago

A legend sees football differently

Dezzy22
Dezzy22
3 months ago

Its true

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
3 months ago

Smiles. Even the uborn generation knows that. He is rare gift

Sharon Peter
Sharon Peter
3 months ago

sure a gift to you.little wonder you play with ease .

Odunlami Soliu Omololu
Odunlami Soliu Omololu
3 months ago
Samuel Olugbemi
Samuel Olugbemi
3 months ago

I so love this guy very intelligent play er

Muhammed Hammed
Muhammed Hammed
3 months ago

The way he plays and dribble makes football look so easy but it isn’t easy, he is gifted and born to play football. Messi is a pure masterclass and is always joy to watch him pla

Adamu Ibrahim
Adamu Ibrahim
3 months ago

Messi was gifted the football talent

Olanipekun Damilola
Olanipekun Damilola
3 months ago

When football are made. Messi was created first

Emeghurhie peter
Emeghurhie peter
3 months ago

Messi is talented with playing football, whenever he plays football, he is founding it as a gift to him because football is very easy for him.

Daniel Asoh
Daniel Asoh
3 months ago

Indeed
Football is a gift
And we are all eager to watch you play
Barcelona the best in laliga

Fidelis Thomas
Fidelis Thomas
3 months ago

Good to have the best back

Mohammed Nma madiwu
Mohammed Nma madiwu
3 months ago

Yeah because capital is enough u

Emmanuel Aso otisi
Emmanuel Aso otisi
3 months ago

Messi was born with the gift of soccer

Okomor Allen
Okomor Allen
3 months ago

Football is a game of joy to play

Ogunleye Matthew
Ogunleye Matthew
3 months ago

Yes of course it’s a gift and you yourself make it easy and enjoyable for the world to see and enjoy. You really made it enjoyable

Lakubbe Eli Hamma
Lakubbe Eli Hamma
3 months ago

Playing football or any game is a gift from God.

Josbisco
Josbisco
3 months ago

Messi was born with the gift of football