Messi Happy With Barca; Turns Attention To Argentina
Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi has affirmed his loyalty to the Catalan club as he arrived in Buenos Aires to meet up with the rest of the Albiceleste squad, while denying rumours that he has a problem with Carlos Tevez or anyone else in the national set-up. ‘La Pulga’, who put in a man of the match performance to lift his third Champions League title against Manchester United on Saturday, arrived this morning at Ezeiza airport to a crowd of journalists and photographers. The 23-year-old superstar ruled out any possibility of leaving Barca who recruited him from Rosario as a teenager, as he began preparations for July’s Copa America with the Seleccion. “I cannot see myself ever playing in any club shirt apart from Barcelona’s,” Messi told reporters as he left the airport on Tuesday morning, confirming his commitment to the club.
The Argentine star is a certainty for Sergio Batista’s Copa America squad, due to be announced later this afternoon. Rumours in the Argentine press have alleged personal difficulties between him and fellow Albiceleste star Carlos Tevez, but Messi dismissed such reports as ridiculous. “Carlitos has spoken and he said that there is no fight. You guys have already had me fighting with Tevez, [Juan Roman] Riquelme, [Diego] Maradona… I have no problems with anyone and I do not plan to.”
And the star finished by affirming his next target was to replicate his club success in the international game, starting by lifting the Copa America in July on home soil. “I have been lucky enough to win everything with Barcelona and individually, but my goal now is to win things with the Seleccion,” he confessed. Messi and 24 other players will be announced in Batista’s Copa America squad at 18:00 local time, a list which will be cut down to 22 for the start of the tournament.