Among his many titles, Lionel Messi surprised the media by not choosing any of those won with FC Barcelona: Eight titles of Spain champion, five Golden Ballons, four Champions League, four King Cups, three European gold. It should be said that list the full list of Lionel Messi would take hours since we know that the pulga has won everything with FC Barcelona.
But if it was necessary to retain the reward that makes him the happiest of all received, the native of Rosario (29 years) would choose the one that is not really in the front.
According to our colleagues in Esquire Magazine, it is with the national team of Argentina that the “Pulga” keeps the best memory of his career. The most important title in his eyes is the gold medal won at the Olympic Games with the Albiceleste in 2008 in Beijing.
“It is the victory that has the most value,” he told Esquire magazine. Because it’s a competition that you’re supposed to play only once in your life and that many athletes from different disciplines are involved. ”
Messi was only 21 years old this summer. It was he who had offered the goal of the victory to Angel Di Maria in the final, against Nigeria (1-0). This allowed Argentina to retain its title acquired four years earlier in Athens. At his side, Pablo Zabaleta, Javier Mascherano, Juan Roman Riquelme, Ezequiel Lavezzi or Sergio Agüero. A group of great players who followed him during his long and famous international career.
It should be noted that this trophy is the unique that the Barcelona striker has won with his national team. Later finals of the Copa America have been multiplied (2007, 2015, 2016). The most difficult to digest is the World Cup (2014). Failures that earned him the toughest criticism and even last year pushed him to precipitate his international retreat. Before returning to his decision a few weeks later.
“I do not care about the reviews I received because I know what really happened. I understand that people always want to win and wait for a trophy. But those who play with us also want to win a title! “He had said.