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Lionel Messi thinks football ‘will never be the same’ after coronavirus

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The Barcelona captain has offered his thoughts

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Lionel Messi has been talking about the coronavirus pandemic and thinks football, and life in general, will never be quite the same as before.

The Barcelona captain is preparing for a return to La Liga action after a break of nearly three months because of the virus.

Messi knows it has been a tough time for many across the world and offered some insight into his thoughts on recent events.

“I don’t think football, like life in general, will be the same,” he said. “Nearly all of us have the doubt about how the world will be after everything that has happened.

“Beyond the lockdown and the situation that caught us by surprise, many people have had a really bad time because the situation has affected them in some way, like with those that lost friends and family without even being able to say goodbye.

“I think there have been many negatives in this crisis, but there cannot be anything worse than losing the people you love the most, that frustrates me hugely and seems unfair on everyone.”

Source | El País Semanal

La Liga will return on June 11 with games played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future. Messi has said previously playing in empty stadiums is “spooky,” while president Javier Tebas has said supporters could be offered the choice of virtual crowd noise during matches.