Lionel Messi has admitted that last season was a poor one for Barcelona, and has claimed he is honoured by comparisons between himself and Pele.
The Blaugrana claimed just one trophy last season as they defeated Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey cup final.
And the Argentine superstar has claimed that the disappointment of last term has fuelled him and his teammates to do well this time around, as well as commenting on the claims he is the greatest of all-time.
“I do not know what went wrong last season,” he told Voetbal International. “But we will try our utmost to make sure it does not happen again and that we should be hungry for more.
“I am honoured to be compared to both [Pele and Diego Maradona],” he said. “But mostly I try to be better for me and for the team, not to surpass others.
“I just want people to judge me when my career is over.”
He also remarked on the relationship he has with Cesc Fabregas and the football club as a whole.
“Cesc and I get on really well, we always know what each other wants. He is so easy to play with. I think we both know the type of game the club wants to play
“Here in the youth academy of Barcelona I learned a lot. The club works differently from the rest of the world in terms of ball control, passing and implementing the tactical system.”