This year’s Champions League final is a repeat of last year’s final as Lionel Messi and his Barcelona team are looking to claim a trophy for the fifth straight year. Messi and Messi alone have won this piece of football’s premier event five times now.
However, two of his team-mates who played in last year’s final in Berlin (none of them from the 2010-11 final, incidentally) are still disappointed they couldn’t put some of that misery of a finals defeat behind them and run out with Barca on Saturday in Cardiff.
And the Argentine said the group of what he dubs the “FC Barcelona family” would have a point to prove in Cardiff.
“I think it’s the ideal place to win the Champions League again,” Messi said in an interview with CNN. “We’ve had a lot of titles in the last few years, but now, after seeing the other teams getting stronger and stronger every year, we have the opportunity to try to regain the title.”
Messi then looked to bring a world title to his beloved city of Buenos Aires and to his parents. “This summer I’m going to go to Argentina, to see my parents and for the first time visit my son who’s getting ready to turn one in August,” he said. “It’s an important moment for me, but also an important moment for the entire family.
“We will have to do everything we can to be ready for the final, and [we’ll] see what happens.”
Messi was speaking on the eve of his 27th birthday — May 23.