Lionel Messi has revealed his personal highlight from 2012, but also explained that he hasn’t really reflected on his sporting achievements.
The Argentine equalled or broke a number of records during the last calendar year, including scoring the most goals in a single Spanish League season and setting a new world record for the most number of goals scored for club and country inside a year.
He also equalled Gabriel Batistuta’s record of goals scored in a year for Argentina and passed Cesar Rodriguez to become Barcelona’s all-time top goalscorer.
However, the 25-year-old has revealed that he has not yet sat down to think about what he has achieved, or how he has improved from year to year.
“How have I grown? Honestly? I have not evaluated it, I do not know, I always hope to improve on everything. And that also includes my career, of course,” Messi told Argentine publication Ole today.
“I try not to think about my personal growth in sport. But obviously I am changing my mind as I get older, but I have not stopped to evaluate how things have changed in my game.
“At least, not yet.”
“My highlight for 2012? [My son] Thiago arrived with a lot of hope and joy for all of us. He was the greatest thing that happened to me.”
Messi was asked for his hopes going into 2013.
“Among the sporting desires, that we can win as many titles as possible with Barcelona and qualify for the World Cup with Argentina.
“Away from work, I have always asked for health because that is most important.”