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Lionel Messi: ‘My son Thiago always criticises me

Lionel Messi is not immune from being criticised – Even by son Thiago. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is broadly regarded as one of the best footballers to have played the game. But the Barcelona captain, La Liga’s record goalscorer, confirmed in a meeting that Thiago isn’t always impressed.

“[He] knows soccer more because he’s the largest [of his children] and he speaks about what to do with soccer,” Messi Told World Soccer. “I’ve had some criticism from him! Barcelona, La Liga, the Champions League… he follows it all. He likes it, he asks questions and he provides me pointers things don’t go well.”

Messi added he previously did not like to talk about games he’d lost, but Thiago’s interest motivates him to reviewing unsatisfactory results.

“It is not like that anymore!” Messi added. “It’s always hard to control the losses along with the terrible performances. But Thiago forces me to talk about what occurred and explain why we did not win. We discuss far more”

Messi and Barca are in Copa del Rey activity on Thursday, the holders seeking to overturn a 2-0 deficit when they welcome Sevilla to Camp Nou in the second leg of the quarter-finals.

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