Former FC Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has assured that whoever was his partner and current Barça captain Leo Messi wants to continue playing and is "motivated", so he considers that there is "Messi for a while".

"Messi is 33 years old and takes good care of himself. He is still motivated and hungry. I think he has three or four years left at the highest level if he is lucky and the injuries respect him. We still have Messi for a while," said Puyol in an interview with ' Goal '.

Puyol stressed that Messi pursues "new challenges" every day.

"Messi is not the same player today as when he started. He has been adding things and improving to become a very complete player capable of setting the pace of the game, scoring from set pieces or giving assists," he commented on his evolution.

"He does practically everything. In the beginning he was very good, one of those players who you gave the ball to and they made a great individual play, he made differences and scored goals. With the passage of time he has become an impressive player, in the best of all time, "he added.

The first day with Leo

From his first impression of Messi, he explained that he knew he was very good as soon as he saw him.

"He did not take long to show it but no one could guess that he would get to where he has arrived. From the first day he set an example with his humility and his way of doing things. He was the only one capable of catching the ball and taking it to the opponent's goal no matter who put him ahead, "he recalled.

"You realize that he is a different player not because he is capable of making a difference and that he can win any game at any time but because over the years he has only improved. For me, he is the best ever. and it has been for 13 or 14 years in a row, "he said.

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