Top Ad
I DIG Radio
www.idigradio.com
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
www.idigstyle.com
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Messi: Football, life will never be same after virus

Written by 
Published in Soccer
Sunday, 31 May 2020 13:49

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi said life and football will never be the same again once it returns following the coronavirus pandemic which has taken almost 400,000 lives across the world.

The Bundesliga in Germany became the first of Europe's big five leagues to return earlier in May and Spain's La Liga, England's Premier League and Italy's Serie A are all set to restart in June.

- ESPN+: Stream ESPN FC TV daily and 30 for 30: Soccer Stories

Games across all the leagues will be played behind closed doors as one of a number of the consequences caused by the coronavirus crisis, with clubs, competitions and related businesses also facing uncertain futures financially.

"I don't think football will ever be the same," Messi said in an interview with El Pais on Sunday. "But beyond football, I don't think life, in general, will ever be the same, either.

"All of us that have experienced this situation will remember what happened in one way or another. In my case, it's with a feeling of sorrow and frustration for those that have suffered the most due to the loss of loved ones.

"I am sure that football and sport, in general, will be affected. Financially, because there are companies linked with the world of sport that will maybe experience some difficulties because of the coronavirus.

"But also professionally, because with the return to training and competing, what was normal before now is going to be different. It will be a strange situation for us as athletes but also for anyone that has to change their usual work dynamic."

Messi donated more than €1 million to hospitals and charities fighting the coronavirus, both in Catalonia, where he has lived since joining Barca as a teenager, and in his native Argentina.

"I am grateful to all of the people that are fighting to beat this virus in hospitals, health centres and care homes," he added. "Nearly all of us have doubts about how the world will be after everything that's happened.

"Beyond the lockdown measures and the whole situation, which caught us by surprise, many people have had a really tough time because they've been directly affected.

"People have lost family and friends and were not even able to say goodbye. There have been a lot of negatives to come from this crisis, but I don't think there's anything worse than losing your loved ones. That, for me, is hugely frustrating and unfair."

Messi and Barcelona have been back in work for almost a month. They began with individual sessions earlier in May and from Monday have been given permission by the Spanish government to return to full training.

Spain has suffered one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Europe, with the registered death toll at almost 30,000 as of Sunday, but the numbers have dropped dramatically in recent days. On Saturday, the number of deaths reported was four.

La Liga, therefore, has been able to move ahead with plans to resume on June 11, when Sevilla will play Real Betis. Barca's first game back will be away against Mallorca, with a source having told ESPN it's likely to be played on June 15.

Read 20 times

Leave a comment

Soccer

Trial sought for Benzema in sex-tape case

Trial sought for Benzema in sex-tape case

French prosecutors have asked that Karim Benzema face trial over his alleged involvement in the atte...

Inside MLS is Back: Players get heated as excitement builds for tournament

Inside MLS is Back: Players get heated as excitement builds for tournament

With reporting from Stefano Fusaro in Orlando, Florida.There have been tweets about sketchy room ser...

Full-back Hakimi joins Inter from Real Madrid

Full-back Hakimi joins Inter from Real Madrid

Inter Milan have signed Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid on a five-year contract for a fee of €40m plu...

Basketball

Zion worked to stay in shape during quarantine

Zion worked to stay in shape during quarantine

For New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson, quarantine presented a new set of challenges. How d...

Bulked-up Griz rookie Morant ready after hiatus

Bulked-up Griz rookie Morant ready after hiatus

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant, the Rookie of the Year frontrunner, feels like he's really...

Baseball

No. 3 pick Meyer gets $6.7M bonus from Marlins

No. 3 pick Meyer gets $6.7M bonus from Marlins

MIAMI -- Right-hander Max Meyer has agreed to a $6.7 million signing bonus as part of a minor league...

Current N.Y. rules prohibits fans from stadiums

Current N.Y. rules prohibits fans from stadiums

The state of New York released guidelines for professional sports competition Wednesday that contain...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation

Sponsored Links

I DIG® Newspapers
www.idignewspapers.com
I Dig® Newspapers, stay up to date with the latest news from around the world.
I DIG® Casino
www.idigcasinos.com
I Dig® Casino, explore our online casino games, play a wide range of free slots and casino games at our online casino today.
I DIG® Radio
www.idigradio.com
I Dig® Radio HD is the only place in the internet where you can find free, super high bit rate internet radio stations from around the world. On I Dig® Radio HD you can find free radio stations streaming at 256kbps.

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.

 

Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Website: www.idig.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Affiliated