Lionel Messi Still Wants To Improve One Area Of His Game
Lionel Messi is deemed to be as complete as they come but the man himself doesn't feel he's quite perfect and has named the one aspect he's striving for improvement in.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is a once in a lifetime talent and we are quite blessed to live in an era where he provides utter moments of magic with relative ease. There's nothing he cannot do.
He's scored more than 600 career goals but Messi wants to improve his penalties - which would be the one 'weakness' of the Argentine's game if you were to pin-point it.
The genius that Messi is, his penalty record is not top level. Missed 24 of 104 penalties in his career. That is not an impressive record. #ARGISL- Carlo Garganese (@carlogarganese) June 16, 2018
Messi has scored 80 penalties in his career and is generally the first-choice taker for Barcelona and Argentina, but considering the amount of spot-kicks he has had, coupled with the ability he possesses, his record isn't all that great. The Blaugrana skipper is well aware of that, however.
"The penalties. I'd like to be more effective," he replied when asked what he plans to improve on by CatRadio journalist Ricard Torquemada.
"It's very difficult. It's not the same to practice them as it is to take them in a game. There are a lot of other factors at play."
"You can have a plan or have an idea about what to do, but when the moment comes it's much more difficult to do it than it looks.
"Today's goalkeepers save some penalties that the ones in the past wouldn't have. But, yeah, this is a thing that I'd like to be better at."
Barca's all-time record goalscorer has started the new campaign in fine form, notching four goals and chipping in with two assists in three games.
He was his sumptuous self in the 8-2 thrashing of minnows Huesca at the Nou Camp on Sunday and remained selfless as ever when he let Luis Suarez take a stoppage-time penalty despite being on for a hat-trick.