Messi happy with Barcelona focus after joining 200 club

Goal.com
Messi better than Maradona and Pele, says Galliani
.

View photo

Messi better than Maradona and Pele, says Galliani
Lionel Messi praised Barcelona's focus after he scored four goals in a 5-1 demolition of Osasuna and became the youngest-ever player to rack up 200 Liga strikes.

Much of the pre-match talk circulated around Wednesday night's Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid, but despite that distraction on the horizon, the Blaugrana maintained their concentration with a ruthless display aided by the first-half dismissal of Alejandro Arribas.

"The important thing was to get this game going," he told reporters after the game.

"There was so much talk about the Clasico before the game, but first we had to play Osasuna and focus on this game."

Messi's record-breaking haul came after Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 300th club goal with a hat trick in Real Madrid's 4-0 win over Getafe.

Barca assistant Jordi Roura was asked whether he thought the Portuguese's efforts had motivated Messi's latest goalscoring spree, but instead preferred to focus on the Argentine's continued brilliance.

"I do not know if Messi was more motivated by Ronaldo's performance this morning, but I don't think he needs anybody else to motivate him," he added.

"I have run out of adjectives for him, when you see him do amazing things every day you get used to it, but when you step back and realize what he actually does then you see that he has no limit at all."


Follow GOAL.COM on Twitter

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • LA Galaxy's reserve team to hold open tryouts in England

      LA Galaxy's reserve team to hold open tryouts in England

      CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- The LA Galaxy's reserve team will hold open tryouts in England this spring in an attempt to find overlooked talent for the Major League Soccer franchise. … More »

      AP - Sports - 8 minutes ago
    • Rooney to stay at Man United - statement

      Rooney to stay at Man United - statement

      Manchester United's Wayne Rooney intends to stay at the club, ending speculation that he could move to China. “Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am … More »

      Reuters - 21 minutes ago
    • Wayne Rooney: 'I am staying at Manchester United'

      Wayne Rooney: 'I am staying at Manchester United'

      Rooney still wants to ‘fight for success’ with United. Wayne Rooney is going nowhere. Despite reports that outrageous sums of money awaited him in the Chinese Super League, the 31-year-old Rooney cleared up his immediate future on Thursday by … More »

      FC Yahoo - 40 minutes ago
    • Toronto Wolfpack ready for competitive debut in Ladbrokes Challenge Cup match

      The challenge begins for real Saturday for the Toronto Wolfpack. The trail-blazing transatlantic rugby league club plays its first competitive match, taking on Siddal in the third round of the knockout Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. A successful amateur … More »

      The Canadian Press - 48 minutes ago
    • Rooney to stay at Man United - statement

      Rooney to stay at Man United - statement

      Manchester United's Wayne Rooney intends to stay at the club, ending speculation that he could move to China. “Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am … More »

      Reuters - 49 minutes ago