Barcelona and Argentina captain Lionel Messi has urged Serie A clubs Inter and Milan to return to the Champions League while also addressing the problem of the Italian league’s decreasing quality.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was given yet another award on Friday night as he received the European Golden Shoe for the fourth time and equalled arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
After the ceremony, Messi spoke to Gazzetta dello Sport
Lionel Messi wins his FOURTH Golden Boot
2009/10 = 34 ⚽️
2011/12 = 50 ⚽️
2012/13 = 46 ⚽️
2016/17 = 37 ⚽️
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He said: “The Serie A has not been the same in the past few years, but I
“But on a positive note, Italian teams are slowly reacquiring those levels and Inter and Milan are going back to playing at high levels since they aim to play in Europe.”
Messi also spoke about the tough competition that Barcelona are facing in the Champions League: “Manchester City currently are the strongest side of the competition, with Paris-St-Germain just as good.
“But I don’t want to forget there are also Real Madrid, who are very experienced in the field, and Bayern Munich, who will fight until the end”.
Lastly, he spoke to cameras of his future post-football: “I still haven’t decided what I will do after retiring. I have a good sense of coaching and might become a manager. But I can change my mind – I still have a lot of years of playing ahead of me.”