Leo Messi gave an interview to Dutch newspaper ‘De Telegraaf’, in which he admitted that he’d received many offers to leave Barcelona and said he was delighted a player of the stature of Cristiano Ronaldo was going to be at the World Cup next summer. “I’m honoured every time my name is linked to other big clubs. It’s true a lot of teams have shown interest in me, but my position hasn’t changed. This is the football I like and to play at Barcelona has always been my dream. I’m not having a great season so far, but after Christmas, when the toughest part of the calendar arrives, I hope to be ready”, he said.
He also spoke about Ronaldo and Portugal’s qualification for the World Cup. “Of course I’m pleased that Portugal will be there. The best teams have to be in the competition, because if you want to be the best you have to beat the best. I think it’s good for the World Cup that Cristiano will be there. He’s a great player. Right now everyone’s talking about how well he’s playing, but he’s been playing well for years, both for club and country.”