One day in December 2011, Marty Riverola made his debut in the Barcelona first team when he was 20 years old. It was a UEFA Champions League. Barcelona played Borisov at home. Riverola was not nervous before the game because he didn't know whether he would be on the court. But when the game ended (Barca won 4-0), he was so excited that he received many congratulations from his family and friends on his phone, and it took him a long time to fall asleep.
Messi was at the peak of his career. Messi scored 50 La Liga goals in the 2011-12 season and set a natural year goal record in 2012 (91).
"From that time to now, Messi has always been my idol." Riverado recalled, "When you meet him for the first time, you think:'Wow, I can't believe Messi is there. Right now.'But after 5 minutes you have to calm down and train with him. You have to shovel him and pass the ball to him. You can't think of chasing stars during training."
In 2006, in a Barcelona away game against Athletic Bilbao, the team's head coach Rijkaard made Maso debut for the first team. As a member of the "87 generation" of La Masia Youth Training Academy, Marceau still remembers how hard the training of the youth team was.
2006年，在巴塞罗那对阵毕尔巴鄂竞技的客场比赛中，车队总教练里杰卡尔德（Rijkaard）首次为第一队进行了Maso比赛。作为La Masia青年训练学院“ 87代”的一员，Marceau仍然记得青年队的训练有多艰辛。
"Compared with the official competition, the competition in the youth academy training game is more intense." He said, "Messi has a strong sense of competition. He just wants to win. If Messi has the ball, you will find him and all the others. People are different, including Pique and Cesc (Fàbregas). He lifts lightly, but whenever he touches the ball, something almost always happens."
"Messi is humble and very straightforward. He is a bit introverted, but once he walks on the court, he becomes very active. He has a winner mentality and is always thinking about how to do his best. That's why in the past 10~ He has maintained an outstanding performance for 12 years."
"Messi has never let up. He keeps breaking records and scores many goals every year. It's like a beast."
Marceau told me that in the days when he was fighting side by side with Messi in the youth team, something left a very deep impression on him. In 2003, the Barcelona U17 youth team faced the Spaniard in the Catalonia Cup final. Messi broke his cheekbone 7 days before the game, but he wanted to play the finals so much, so he decided to wear a loose plastic mask on the stage-that mask was earlier broken by Barcelona for his cheekbone. Made by Barcelona defender Puyol.
"This reflects his desire to compete." Marceau said, "It is not common for (players) to play with the Spaniard wearing a mask. I have never seen it in so many years. But Messi does not want to miss important games. He never Avoid, always go all out. He scored twice in that game."
In November 2003, in a friendly match between Barcelona and Porto, Messi made his debut in the club's first team. Jordi Gomez also made his debut for the Barcelona first team that night. According to Gomez, the team had excellent players such as Puyol, Iniesta and Xavi at the time, but Ronaldinho’s level was significantly higher, and the Brazilian star was willing to pull only 16 years old. Messi at the age of a hand.
"When Messi started to practice with the first team, all the players realized that he was special." Gomez said, "They helped Messi become the best player, especially the core of the team Ronaldinho, from Take care of him from the beginning. This is very important to Messi."
"In training and competition, Messi can play the same level. He often completes some incredible'operations' during training, but makes them look very simple. The most commendable thing is that Messi has the ability to be on the training ground. The performance brought to the key game. Some players may perform well in training, but not in the official game..."
At the beginning of Messi's career, Ronaldinho's skills and enthusiasm lit the Nou Camp Stadium, leading Barcelona to win the Champions League in the 2005-06 season. Messi missed the Champions League final that season due to injury, but it didn't take long for him to take over Ronaldinho's position and become Barcelona's head star.
Former Barcelona midfielder Christian Hidalgo said: "The outbreak of Ronaldinho changed the history of Barcelona and helped Barcelona surpass Real Madrid. Ronaldinho often used wonderful dribbles, picks and barb shots to cheer the audience. Messi It’s not the same. What he did looks simpler, but it’s actually very difficult. Messi’s ability to handle the ball is amazing and he will pass through the crotch, but he doesn’t need to be like Ronaldinho or other Brazilian players. Do fancy moves because he can always keep the ball firmly under his feet."
前巴塞罗那中场球员克里斯蒂安·伊达尔戈（Christian Hidalgo）说：“罗纳尔迪尼奥的爆发改变了巴塞罗那的历史，并帮助巴萨超越了皇马。罗纳尔迪尼奥经常用出色的运球，挑剔和倒刺球来吸引观众。 ，但那实际上是很难的。梅西拥有出色的控球能力，他可以通过c部，但他并不需要像小罗或其他巴西球员那样，可以做些奇特的动作，因为他可以始终将球牢牢固定在下方他的脚。”
"You can easily feel Messi's ambitions. Whether it's in the Barcelona first team, Barcelona B team or playing on the streets with friends, Messi always eager to get the ball and play in the same way. He has ambitions. He has talent, so he became an incredible player."
In October 2004, Damia (Damia) completed the first team debut in Barcelona. As a defender, Damia recalled that it was almost impossible for him to guard Messi in training.
"In those years, Messi played as a winger and always attacked the players who defended him. He was too difficult to defend... When he was young, some defenders tried to steal the ball from his feet, but it was a mistake. Because when you stretch your leg , He can always dodge by instinct, and you almost never touch the ball. Of course, the defenders have a long memory later and will no longer rush to grab when defending him."
"In recent seasons, Messi has retreated, but he can make full use of the space in front of him, because in addition to his own shooting, he is one of the greatest assists of all time."
Another former Barcelona defender, Andreu Fontas (Andreu Fontas) once played alongside Messi in the 2011 Club World Cup final-Barcelona beat Santos 4-0 with Neymar, Messi scored twice-he I think teamwork is very important in order to prevent Messi.
"You can't defend Messi alone in training. I was very young at the time. It was a desperate task to stop him. In my opinion, Messi is undoubtedly the best player in history. I tried to get close to him. , Does not give him space, but it is completely impossible. Defending Messi requires teamwork. You have to form a solid defense, so that every player has a strong defensive mentality, and ready to defend Messi. But this will give Messi’s teammates space to shoot."
Riverola recalled that if he performed well in training, Messi would praise him. "I was very shy when I was young, and I thought to myself, thank you. That's it. I can't speak at all because Messi is the opposite... but I need to try to stay calm and concentrate on training."
Riverola回忆说，如果他在训练中表现出色，梅西会称赞他。 “我很小的时候很害羞，我想着自己，谢谢你。就是这样。我根本无法说话，因为梅西正好相反……但是我需要保持冷静，专心训练。 ”
Of course, if Riverola makes a mistake in training, Messi will criticize him without mercy. "Messi is the same as other players in this regard. If you miss an opportunity, they will of course scold you and tell you:'You can do better.' He has a strong sense of competition, but he is not overbearing. "
"If you don't pass the ball to him in time, he will be angry, but after a few seconds he forgot about it. He just wants to keep the ball under his feet. He is like a kid, always when he doesn't get the pass Want to: "Give it to me, give it to me, give it to me." As long as you pass the ball to him, there will be no problems."
In the past few years, the Spanish media believes that Barcelona's excessive dependence on Messi is a problem. De Jong, a Dutch midfielder who joined Barcelona from Ajax last summer, admitted in an interview that whenever the ball comes to his feet, the first thought in his mind is to find Messi.
"Messi will scare some teammates because he has to participate in the attack as much as possible." Damia said, "Some players are not suitable for Barcelona. They can't adapt to having such an important person in the team. Teammates Knowing that Messi is running towards the opponent’s goal, he may shoot or create a goal, so he tends to pass the ball to him. This is not a rule, but because Messi is like a magnet."
"The reason why some stars can’t adapt to Barcelona is because they don’t understand Messi’s role in this team. Ibrahimovic is a good example. It took a long time for Villa to join Barcelona. Adaptation. Tello did well when he first arrived in Barcelona, but he liked to go solo. This is not a criticism of him, but you can see that he and Messi did not call. This problem prevented him from being able to establish a foothold in Barcelona. ."
"On the other hand, in this Barcelona team, Alba is likely to be Messi’s best teammate. You can find a better left-back than Alba, but the reason why he has a stable position in Barcelona is because of his relationship with Messi. A good understanding has been established."