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Messi says he felt ‘really bad all of summer’ amid potential transfer; poised to break Pele goal record

The Argentine forward drew level with Pele’s record of 643 objectives for a single club at the weekend and he might exceed that mark as Barcelona deals with Real Valladolid on Tuesday.

“The truth is today I’m good, but I was really bad all of summer, since before summer, because of how the season ended,” he stated in an interview with Spanish TELEVISION channel La Sexta.
“Then came what occurred in summertime, the burofax and all of that. Then truthfully I dragged that into the start of the season. Nowadays, I’m excellent.

” I have the inspiration to seriously defend whatever we have in front of us … I understand the club is dealing with a complex minute, at the club and group level, which makes whatever around Barcelona tough, however I have inspiration.”

Messi looks on during Barcelona's draw with Valencia on Saturday.

Messi formerly stated he had actually desired to leave Barcelona “all year” and claimed a clause in his contract meant he could do so for free, but the 33-year-old was ultimately forced to stay as the club disagreed and wasn’t willing to reduce its €700 million ($897 million) release clause.

He also said his love for the club meant he had no intention of taking the matter to court and dragging out a legal dispute.

Barcelona is currently fifth in La Liga and eight points behind leader Atletico Madrid after a rocky start.

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‘Horrible’ without fans

On Monday, Messi picked up his seventh Pichichi trophy as last season’s top scorer in La Liga, bettering Telmo Zarra’s record of six awards.

He scored 25 goals in 33 league games last season as Barcelona finished second behind Real Madrid and has netted six times so far this campaign.

Upon collecting his fourth consecutive Pichichi trophy, Messi spoke of the difficulty of playing without fans in stadiums.

“It’s terrible to play without fans. It’s not a good sensation,” he informedMarca

“Not seeing anybody in the arena makes it like training, and it takes a lot to enter into the video game at the start. That’s why we see such even video games.

“It’s very hard to beat whoever you are playing against.

“The pandemic has actually triggered football to alter a lot, and for the even worse. We are seeing it in video games. Hopefully after all this is over, we can get individuals back into the arenas and return to typical.”

Patrick Sung Cuadrado contributed to reporting.

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