The Barcelona number 10 has made himself irreplaceable but even Lionel Messi has a few flaws to his game, and the Argentine has revealed exactly what he wants to improve.
Lionel Messi has been Barcelona’s go to man ever since he made his debut for the Catalan giants scoring well over 500 goals for the club. Not only is he their record goal-scorer in the La Liga, the Champions League, in El Clasicos and even all-time, Messi also happens to be one of the greatest footballers in the modern era, maybe even in the all-time list.
However, even the greatest Barcelona star to walk the earth has a few flaws to his game, which he hopes to improve on he revealed in an interview. “I would like to be more effective from the penalty spot. But it’s difficult to work on penalties. It’s not the same taking them in training as it is in a game. You can have an idea in your head or something you have worked on, but it’s more difficult than it seems. The goalkeeper has a lot to do with it, too. If they guess right, they save it. But it’s obvious that I’d like to get better at taking penalties.”
The Argentine is right, as he has struggled from the spot last season missing half of his penalties for both club and country. Including a crucial one against Iceland in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which went viral and made the Icelandic goal-keeper Hannes Þór Halldórsson very famous, after he dived the right way to save it.
However, it’s stats like the 24 penalty misses that Messi has to name for Barcelona and Argentina that the 31-year-old wants to improve on. While the Argentine needs to improve from the spot, he certainly has improved in other areas with him adjust to his age brilliantly. Lionel Messi has flourished under nearly all of Barcelona’s managers since his debut, with Pep Guardiola using him as a false nine, Luis Enrique as a right winger and now in a deeper role for Ernesto Valverde.
But Messi has adapted brilliantly, as a creator in chief for Barcelona with 18 assists last season. “I’m most proud of how my final pass has improved,” he further added. “In the last year, I think I have developed a lot when it’s come to setting up chances, whether they’ve ended up in goals or not. In that sense, I have grown a lot.”
Lionel Messi is among the greatest to ever step foot on a football pitch. An artist with his canvas green and with white lines and the Argentine has flourished and dominated the last decade. But like his partner Cristiano Ronaldo, it is slowly coming to an end and we’ve got to enjoy what’s left. However, the 31-year-old is right, he does need to improve from the penalty spot.