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Don’t struggle to motivate myself, says Messi


Barcelona: Argentina’s football superstar Lionel Messi said he doesn’t struggle to motivate himself for his national team or club, Spanish outfit FC Barcelona, adding his ultimate aim is to keep winning whenever he plays.

“Motivation is not something I struggle with. I love playing football, I love being in training, the day to day life is fantastic. When you have success, you just want to repeat it, again and again,” Messi was quoted as saying by on Thursday.

“Whether it is training, playing a game, winning trophies – it is the best life I can imagine. I want to achieve as much as it is possible to achieve with this team.”

Having set several goal-scoring records in the course of a stellar career, the star revealed that he doesn’t fret over records as he chases the games.

“I don’t look at records, that’s not why I’m playing the game. Goals, of course. Every player in my position wants to score goals. But most of all, trophies. My target is always to win trophies for Barcelona, and that will always be my motivation, to win things. Nothing feels better than doing that as a team,” the four-time world Footballer of the Year said.

Speaking about his country’s loss to Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final, he said, “Losing the World Cup final was a big, big blow. I wanted to win it for Argentines everywhere, for my country, and I was very upset afterwards. But being a professional means moving on from low moments quickly.”

Messi failed to drive his country to the Copa America title, held recently in Chile, witnessing his team lose to the hosts in the final. He was severely criticised for failing to guide his team to glory, with critics and fans questioning his commitment to Argentina.

“Losing the World Cup spurs you on to do better, and you want to use the anger and disappointment as motivation. But mainly it is about putting it out of your mind and remaining positive. If you dwell on losses, you can’t function as a footballer,” the 28-year-old said.