Barcelona captain and talisman Lionel spoke at length to Mundo Deportivo about a number of topics including Cristiano Ronaldo's current goalscoring hot streak, his future plans and Barcelona's infamous capitulation at Anfield.
He also mentioned that the current level of his Barcelona side is not enough to contend for the Champions League and that they have to work hard to get back to that level.
"I think [we have] to be more regular in the game [in the Champions League], to grab all these new things that we are putting into practice as soon as possible, to be more reliable, not to make silly mistakes that we make and have been committing throughout the year, not to commit what happened to us in Rome or Liverpool, where we are leaving the game and it seems that we disconnect and what happens to us happens ...
"[We need to] Handle all the details because in the Champions League every detail condemns you and we have to try to reach one hundred percent in everything to try to win," he said.
When asked about Cristiano Ronaldo's current goalscoring streak that has seen the Portuguese star score 12 goals in just 8 games so far in 2020, Messi paid homage to his greatest rival, referring to him as a 'predatory striker'.
"[It is] Normal that he continues to score, he is a predatory striker, he loves to score, any day he plays he will score. He has many good things as a forward and at the minimum converts [his chances]," said the Argentinian.