Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) superstar Lionel Messi barely has a chink in his armor. He has won everything there is to win and arguably has nothing left to prove to anyone.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was recently asked to describe his best trait in an interview with Argentina. Rather than go with his world-renowned dribbling skills or his unerring finishing ability, Messi responded that he values his perseverance above all else.
The former Barcelona superstar was quoted as saying, via @AlbicelesteTalk on Twitter:
“My best trait? I don’t know, but I think it’s always trying, I put something in my head and I don’t stop until I can get it done.”
The start of Lionel Messi’s football career is a story of struggle and hard work in itself. He was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency (GHD) at the age of 11.
After rigorous treatment, the Argentine icon overcame the problem and has become arguably the greatest player the sport has ever seen. Nor has he always been served everything on a silver platter on the pitch.
The 35-year-old won the FIFA World Cup on his fifth and likely last attempt in Qatar last year. It was the last and possibly the most coveted piece of silver missing from his trophy case.
Despite winning everything football has to offer, Messi is still going strong at PSG, where he has registered 20 goals and 19 assists in 36 games in all competitions this season.
However, the four-time UEFA Champions League winner’s contract at the Parc des Princes expires this summer and his return to Barcelona has been widely promoted.
Argentine icon urges Lionel Messi to stay at PSG
Argentine legend Mario Kempes urged Lionel Messi to stay at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) instead of joining Barcelona.
Kempes, who was Argentina’s hero in their 1978 FIFA World Cup victory, believes Messi’s mental health will improve in Paris. The former River Plate striker said Spanish Supercar Radiovia Indian Express:
“I don’t think it’s healthy for him to return to Barcelona. He would be better off in France, so that he arrives calmly at the next World Cup, he must stay there. Barcelona’s objectives are different, he is still building, after his departure. There are many problems. Being selfish and thinking about the Argentine National Team, let him stay at PSG”.
Not everything is rosy for Lionel Messi in the French capital. He was recently booed by angry PSG fans who doubted his commitment to the club. It remains to be seen if the Argentina international with 174 caps will still be active on the international scene in time for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.