Wayne Rooney has been talking about Lionel Messi and was full of praise for the Barcelona captain. He said: “Messi has just got a bit of everything. Ronaldo has gone from a winger to a striker and a goalscorer rather than taking players on all the time. He has gone more one or two-touch and getting in the box and scoring goals, whereas Messi has a bit of everything.”
Riqui Puig has been a regular in first-team training this season, and he reckons training with the club’s superstars is helping him improve. He explained: “I am really happy. The coach is giving me confidence. Training with the first team is something which makes me a better player. My team is Barça B, though, and I will try to do the best possible this season. We have a great team and everyone adds something to the table.”
Paco Alcacer is enjoying a great start to life in Germany with Borussia Dortmund. He scored a hat-trick at the weekend as BVB beat Augsburg in a thrilling game. When asked about his future he admitted he could imagine staying at the club beyond this season.
Lionel Messi is frequently asked for his autograph but recently a fan asked him to sign a tattoo. The supporter revealed a tattoo of Messi on his back, and the Barcelona captain duly obliged before stopping for a photograph too.
Diego Maradona says Lionel Messi has been let down by Argentina and has criticised Javier Mascherano. He said: “It is very easy to say that Messi is to blame, but they are going to kill the kid. And this kills me because if there are comrades who really love Messi, they should have come out and defended him, not press silence. I was wrong about Mascherano, I thought he was a leader. Today, I have to say that Mascherano is not what I believed, but that mistake is totally mine, not his.”