Messi discusses life with Xavi & Iniesta


In a rare interview Messi was quizzed about how his game evolved since breaking into the club's first-team as a teenager, his incredible consistency at the highest level and his iconic teammates he's succeeded as the Balugrana leader.

"I got a lot better at the final ball, with passes that finish with a goal. I also got a lot better at free-kicks and with my right leg," he told TdT on Catalunya Ràdio.

"I never watch my own games though," he added when asked how he improved his performances. "I don’t like watching myself. I prefer to look forwards.

"I'd like to be more effective with penalties. It's really hard to practice penalties. It's not the same practicing as during a match.

"You can have a plan or something you've practiced, but it's harder than it looks. If the keeper guesses right, they save it. But it's clear I'd like to be better."

With reference to the legendary Xavi and Iniesta partnership that saw Messi thrive in the tiki-taka tactical system, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner remained diplomatic in his response.

"We're always Barça, but the truth is Busquets, Xavi and Iniesta let us have 90% of the possession of the ball. Nowadays there's no Xavi or Iniesta in the whole world.

"I don't want to say that who we have are bad, they're amazing, but those guys were unique. But the style hasn't changed"