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Lionel Messi: Winning more important than scoring

07-19-2012 16:05 BJT

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Lionel Messi was back on the pitch with his teammates from Barcelona on Wednesday. The world reigning player of the year hopes to lead his squad to another Champions League and domestic league title, after the squad was unable to retain their title from the previous year.

Messi is looking to improve on his ridiculous campaign where he scored a ludicrous 68 goals in a European club season. That tally surpassed an almost four-decade old record. Now the Argentine international is happy to score goals, but his focus this year is on winning championships.

Last season, his Barcelona club lost out on the Spanish league title to arch-rivals Real Madrid, and failed to repeat as winners of the Champions League as they fell in the semi-finals, to eventual champion Chelsea in the semi-finals. And it was a missed penalty by Messi against the English based club that motivates him to do better this year.

Lionel Messi said, "My goal every time the season kicks off is to win titles. We always say that is the most important thing for us. And for goals is a minor thing. I never start a new season thinking I must score more goals than during the previous one. Each year it gets more difficult. But I still have the thorn stuck because of the penalty I missed against Chelsea during the semi-final of Champions League. Also for the (Spanish) league that we got to be a single point behind Real Madrid and they won in the end. So we will try this season to win those titles."

FC Barcelona's player Lionel Messi attends a news conference at Joan Gamper
training Camp, near Barcelona July 18, 2012.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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