Barcelona star Lionel Messi says he is now “less obsessed with goals” at this point of his career and is focused more on being a team player.
The 33-year-old is Barcelona’s all-time record goalscorer, as he amassed 635 goals in 734 appearances, as well as contributing 256 assists throughout his 16-year career playing at Camp Nou, that he believes he has nothing left to prove from what he had established himself as one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the game.
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Messi has become increasingly proficient at dishing up opportunities for his teammates in recent years and with the display from last season, he broke the record for the most assists in a single La Liga campaign, laying on 21 goals for his teammates.
“Today I am less obsessed with goals, I try to contribute as much as I can to the team effort,” he told magazine Garganta Poderosa.
Messi also highlighted the community work taking place back in his native Argentina to try and combat the devastating impact of coronavirus.
“In this pandemic, we must maintain all the basic necessities like water, food and electricity,” added the striker, who donated around €1 million earlier this year as support amidst COVID-19, split between a Barcelona hospital and medical facilities back in his homeland.
“It makes me proud to see how people are getting involved with working in community kitchens and dining halls in Argentina, especially in such tough times as we are going through.
“Inequality is the biggest problem of our society and we should all work together to fix this.”
Messi also said that any trophies Barcelona win this year would be in honour of those battling Covid-19.
“The copas that are raised this year should be for all the people who are involved to help in that way,” he said.
This season under new coach Ronald Koeman, the Argentine superstar has scored one goal in three appearances for Barcelona, after a turbulent summer that saw him hand in a transfer request after the club’s devastating 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The striker – who has a €700 million release clause – was heavily linked to Premier League giants Manchester City, before ultimately deciding to remain at Barcelona instead.