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Messi states he won't speed up his recovery

Messi reveals he will not speed up his recovery in order to make it for El Clásico

October 22, 2015 By Oscar Rojas
The Argentinean superstar also referred to his highly publicized 'rivalry' with Cristiano Ronaldo, among other topics such as his performance with La Albiceleste.

Opposite to some voices near the Argentinean, it appears that Lionel Messi will take his time to recover from a knee injury he came down with during the last month. Known for being impatient while injured, Messi revealed in an interview he will not force his body to be fit in order to make it to play El Clásico on November 21, even though Blaugrana fans expected him to do so.

"I'm working on a day-by-day schedule, I prefer not to set any goals regarding my recovery. Since it's not up to me, I chose not to set a deadline. Even if I wanted to play tomorrow, the doctors would not allow me to, so this time I will do as they say and when the physicians tell me it's ok for me to play, then you'll see me on the pitch,"Messi assured.

The Argentinean came down with a knee injury during a game against Las Palmas. Back then, Barcelona's doctors stated he could be away from the pitch for two months, making it just in time to play La Liga's most important game.

Messi's absence delivered a huge blow for Luis Enrique's side.

"I am not focused on beating Cristiano Ronaldo"

Later in the interview, the Argentinean referred to the heated debate among football fanatics about who's the best player in the world. While some believe CR7 is the best footballer around, Messi's supporters back him up whenever they can. Nevertheless, that's not relevant for La Liga's all-time top scorer.

"I'm not focused on beating Cristiano Ronaldo, and I don't believe he works to beat me. I always want the best for my teams and that's what I work for. Everything else is irrelevant," Messi added.

Both players have been nominated for the Ballon D'Or in recent years, with "La Pulga" winning four trophies and CR7 three.

Finally, Messi referred to those fans and journalists who criticize him for his lack of trophies with Argentina. The player stated he holds no hard feelings against those who bash him, but he asked them for one more chance to prove himself.

"I know Argentinean fans are always passionate, and they always look up to those they cherish the most. Everyone is entitled to have an opinion, but I wish they didn't insult those who represent the country," the striker concluded.

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