Lionel Messi hsd expressed his desire to have more playing time with PSG teammate, Neymar. In an interview with TUDN, the Argentina star stated that he cherished the time he spent with the Brazilian international at Barcelona.
“Ney and I know each other by heart. “We really enjoyed our time at Barcelona and I would have liked to play much more there with him. “Life has brought us together in Paris and we are happy to be together. I love playing with him, being with him every day and I enjoy it.”
Due to his short stature, Messi has a lower centre of gravity than taller players, which gives him greater agility, allowing him to change direction more quickly and evade opposing tackles; this has led the Spanish media to dub him La Pulga Atómica (“The Atomic Flea”).Despite being physically unimposing, he possesses significant upper-body strength, which, combined with his low centre of gravity and resulting balance, aids him in withstanding physical challenges from opponents; he has consequently been noted for his lack of diving in a sport rife with playacting.
His short, strong legs allow him to excel in short bursts of acceleration while his quick feet enable him to retain control of the ball when dribbling at speed. His former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola once stated, “Messi is the only player that runs faster with the ball than he does without it.” Although he has improved his ability with his weaker foot since his mid-20s, Messi is predominantly a left-footed player; with the outside of his left foot, he usually begins dribbling runs, while he uses the inside of his foot to finish and provide passes and assists.