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Messi: "As time passes you grow, both on and off the pitch"

SPORTYOU SPORTYOU 15/12/2015 sportyou
Messi: 'As time passes you grow, both on and off the pitch' © Getty Images Messi: 'As time passes you grow, both on and off the pitch'

Leo Messi has given an interview to the official FIFA web page in which he states that "As time passes you grow, both on and off the pitch, you go about adapting to different circumstances. I think that, although I’ve kept the essence [of my style of play], over the years I’ve added qualities to my game."

Talking of Barça's playing style, "We’ve changed a little bit. We’ve become a more vertical (direct) team. Of course, we’ve not lost our ideology of keeping hold of the ball, that’s our trademark and our priority: to control the play and keep possession as much as we possibly can. But now we’ve incorporated the idea that, with just a couple of touches, we can get in front of the opposition’s goal. Before it was about getting there using more elaborate build-up play."

Asked about the possibility of facing an Argentinean team in the Club World Cup, he said that "It’s a strange feeling. In my whole career I’ve only played against an Argentinian club once, and it was that final against Estudiantes. It was a very tough game, one in which we were losing for a long period and managed to equalise right on full time, before going on to win it in extra time. But it’s also something that motivates me, because River are a big club on a global scale. I think that if we play against them it’ll be a good match.."

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