Bangkok: Lionel Messi on Tuesday attributed his stunning achievements to hard work and sacrifice as his Barcelona side prepare for the first game of their Asian tour in Thailand.
The Spanish champions have returned to Asia three years after their last tour of the continent — home to a huge fan base and prime marketing territory.
Barca will play against Thailand’s national side on Wednesday and then travel to Kuala Lumpur to play a Malaysia XI side on August 10 before returning to Europe.
Quizzed on the secret of his success the Argentine said dedication was the only route to the top.
“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it… Sacrifice took me to the top,” he said.
“Training is very important. Since we are not playing now in any competition, we are training a lot. When the season starts, we have to play matches… So we train only one or two hours a day.”
“The most important thing is to enjoy the experience,” said Messi. (Agencies)