Lionel Messi Wants to Win More Trophies, 'Keep Growing' and 'Get Better'

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2018

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 24: Rodri of Atletico Madrid, Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander  match between Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on November 24, 2018 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has said he still has a desire to win more silverware and continue developing as a footballer. 

The Blaugrana icon is rated as one of the greatest players of all time and has been the key behind a dominant spell in the Catalan club's history.

Despite having won La Liga nine times, six Copas del Rey and the UEFA Champions League on four occasions, the Argentina star has said he has a lot more to accomplish yet, per Marca.

"My main goal is to keep growing and not to be content with what I've done, won or achieved," he said. "I want to get better each day and complete more objectives and win more titles. I consider myself very competitive. I like to win everything and don't like to lose at all." 

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The 31-year-old also commented on his position in the team, with his role becoming more and more withdrawn in recent years. "I see myself more so as a player who controls matches, who participates a lot with the ball and who makes the play go more than I see myself as a goalscorer," he added.

A year ago Messi agreed a new long-term contract at Barcelona, meaning he is tied to the club until 2021. It'll cost a lot to get him away from the Camp Nou too: 

Goal UK @GoalUK

📅 On this day last year ✍️ Lionel Messi signed a new Barcelona contract with a €700m release clause 🤝 Should someone try to buy him for that amount? https://t.co/jQLq7t4RU1

At the moment there aren't any signs of Messi slowing down, as he continues to excel on the domestic and European stage.

He recently returned from an injury layoff, and while Barcelona have only picked up one point from their last two La Liga matches, the Argentinian has excelled. Messi grabbed two goals and an assist in the 4-3 loss to Real Betis and created Ousmane Dembele's last-minute equaliser against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

The Barcelona No. 10 also produced this outrageous piece of control in the draw at the Wanda Metropolitano: 

Eleven Sports @ElevenSports_UK

| #LaLiga | No defender is safe. Lionel Messi will find a way to put the ball through your legs. 😳 https://t.co/4eovDcYZEx

In La Liga and the Champions League this season Messi has scored 15 goals and contributed six assists already and while Barcelona were able to cope without him during a recent layoff, the forward has such a profound influence on the way they attack.

Messi may not be as energetic as he was in his younger days, but he still has an incredible turn of pace, exceptional balance and footballing intelligence to tap into.

They're attributes that have seen Messi retreat into midfield at times to get on the ball more often. Former Barcelona and England player Gary Lineker hailed his playmaking abilities earlier in the campaign: 

Gary Lineker @GaryLineker

I’m not normally one to praise Messi, but never mind his goal scoring, if there’s ever been a better passer of a football I’ve not seen him.

That Messi can operate deeper and still be productive in the final third is testament to his talent. It also means he is likely to operate at the highest level for many more seasons yet.

Crucially, it appears as though a drive remains within Messi to match that footballing artistry. As Barcelona go in search of more glory this season, that's encouraging for Blaugrana fans.