My style of play has always been the same. I never tried to develop a specific style. From very young I just played this way.
I never had any problems with my height. I was always the smallest kid, at school and in my teams.
I always thought about carrying on training and working, chasing my dream.
My first memories are from when I was very little, maybe three or four years old playing in my neighbourhood at home. I can picture myself with the ball at my feet from a very young age.
I always had the same style of play. I didn't really worry about people kicking me.
OF COURSE MONEY TAKES WORRY OUT OF YOUR LIFE AND ENABLES YOU TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR FAMILY - BUT IF IT WAS PLAYING PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL FOR FREE OR CHOOSE ANOTHER LIVING, THEN I WOULD CHOOSE FOOTBALL EVERY TIME.
IT IS NOT COINCIDENCE THAT AT BARCELONA WE HAVE LOW-KEY LIFESTYLES AND WE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL. WE KNOW WE ARE FOOTBALL PLAYERS AND NOT MOVIE STARS.
YOU KNOW AS A PLAYER THAT YOU WON'T HAVE MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO PLAY IN WORLD CUPS - SO YOU HAVE TO TAKE THEM WHEN YOU CAN.
I JUST GET ON WITH MY GAME AND LET THE REFEREES DO THEIR JOB.
NO MATTER WHAT YOU ACHIEVE, EVERY SEASON IS A NEW SEASON. WHAT YOU ACHIEVED THE SEASON BEFORE IS NO LONGER RELEVANT.
I NEVER LOOK BACK AT WHAT I HAVE ACHIEVED BECAUSE I AM ALWAYS LOOKING AT THE FUTURE. I CAN LOOK BACK AT WHAT I HAVE ACHIEVED WHEN I AM RETIRED - BUT UNTIL THEN IT IS ALL ABOUT FOCUS.
FROM THE FIRST DAY YOU ARE TOLD IF YOU WANT TO BE THE BEST THEN STAY OUT THE NIGHTCLUBS!
I would pass onto any young player to enjoy your football, play your football as you want to play the game, try and enjoy it and make the most of it.
Many years ago when I first started my career Maradona told me "to enjoy and play as you know", and that's stayed with me ever since and is the best advice I've been given.
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