After collected a record seventh Pichichi, Lionel Messi isn’t obsessed with picking up a seventh, instead is more concerned with the lack of fans inside Spain’s football stadiums.
The Barcelona forward scored 25 goals over the course of the LaLiga Santander campaign, finishing four goals ahead of Karim Benzema in second. Now that he has his hands on his seventh title, nobody has won more Pichichi trophies than Messi in LaLiga history.
Messi sat down with MARCA to look back on his victory.
Isn’t it amazing to have won seven Pichichi Trophies?
The truth is that I would have never imagined that I would win so many and surpass [Telmo] Zarra’s record. It is a very joyful feeling.
At the moment you have fewer goals than when you won the Pichichi. Are you already thinking about the eighth trophy?
I don’t know, I’m not really thinking about it. It’s not something that worries me. I would prefer to win LaLiga again, something which we didn’t do last season, rather than winning the Pichichi, so we will fight for that.
This season, we have seen a big difference between Barcelona in the Champions League and Barcelona in LaLiga Santander. Do you think the team can win both competitions?
We are going to try and win everything, as is always the case with this club. We are improving little-by-little. It’s true to say that it took us a little while to get going in LaLiga. We shouldn’t have dropped so many points.
I think we deserved more in the games against Alaves and Gefate, and also against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou. In those three games we created a lot of goalscoring chances, and if we had converted them, the situation in those games would have been different.
Is there a formula to get back on the right path in LaLiga Santander?
Now the important think is to have a streak of good results in a few games order to move up the table. This takes time and with the pandemic all the games are very difficult. The truth is football has changed a lot, and it’s difficult for everyone, but step-by-step things will settle.
It’s been nine months of empty stadiums in the pandemic. Is it hard for you to play without fans?
Yes, very. It’s horrible to play without fans. It’s not a nice feeling. Not seeing anyone in the stadium makes it like training, and it takes a lot to get into the game at the beginning. That’s why we see such even games. It’s very hard to win whoever you are playing against.
The pandemic has caused football to change a lot, and for the worse. We are seeing it in games. Hopefully after all this is over, we can get people back into the stadiums and get back to normal.
You recently scored a special goal after which you paid tribute to Diego Maradona.
It was a very special day and I was able to pay a little tribute that I had prepared. I was able to show his jersey. It’s a wonderful memory on a day which represents Diego no longer being with us.
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