Lionel Messi has labelled Barcelona’s Copa del Rey win this season a “turning point” for the club, with his own future yet to be resolved.
The 33-year-old is out of contract in the summer and the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with his services.
Speaking to Diario Ole, Messi said he was happy to have helped Barcelona win their first trophy since the 2018-19 La Liga title and that it could be “very important” for the club going forward, hinting that he could stay at the Nou Camp.
He said: “The truth is that the recent Copa del Rey was special due to the period we were in, the club has gone a couple of years of not having a great time due to different results and titles.
“Because it is a very young dressing room, with a lot of people, and new people, and this Copa del Rey for the dressing room was a turning point, and very important.”
He added: “Whenever I compete, I compete to win and try to achieve all the objectives, to get titles. Beyond that, I like to win and get titles. The more the better.”
Messi also opened up about his early life, saying: “At the age of four or five I was already playing with a ball, since I started walking. I remember the first games with Grandoli. At the age of four, I started playing at the club, and on the street all the time.
“They were missing a player on an older boys team and my grandmother told the coach to put me on.
“I played well and my grandmother took me to train the following week. And that’s where it all started.
“Making the decision to come to FC Barcelona was complicated, but at the same time quick. It was hard because when I arrived I couldn’t play and when I started I got injured. I didn’t compete for almost a year.
“I was lucky that from then on everything went very fast.”