He’s an Argentine football player who plays forward for the Spanish club of Barcelona. He’s often considered to be the best player in the world, and rated by many as the greatest player of all time. He’s the only football player to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or four times, all of which he won consecutively. He’s Lionel Messi, and here is my take on his top 10 rules for success.
Lionel Messi’s Top 10 Rules For Business and Success
Rule #1: Do It Because You Love It
Interviewer: Why do you say it doesn’t matter to you, going down in history as the greatest player ever?
Because the only thing that matters is playing. I have enjoyed it since i was little boy and I still try to do that every time I go out on to a pitch. I always say that when I no longer enjoy it or it’s no longer fun to play, then I won’t do it anymore. I do it because I love it. And That’s all I care about.
Rule #2: Always Aim For More
Interviewer: I would like to know what you do to stay motivated when you have won so many trophies with Barca?
Well, I would like to keep winning more. I always say that when the season starts we have a group objective that is to win everything that we are in because of where we are. In this club you always aspire to everything and my mentality is to finish my career with lots of trophies, the more the better.
Rule #3: Ignore The #Littleman
And you know that guys told me, the manager who was there. Used to tell them: “This guy who comes from outside”,”he can’t stay here”. “We must kick the hell out of him”,lol. The guys told me that and I was laughing my ass of, but the manager has never heard of that.
Interviewer: and is he still there yet?
Yeah, he is over there.
Interviewer: In The Academy.
Yeah, it’s cool with that guy.
Interviewer: You’ve never told him anything?
Interviewer: A real visionary this guy, huh, and you used to feel that, apart from being in a Catala-speakers dressing room, or in that they didn’t give you attention. When you get inside the field, it was the same feeling?
Yeah. In the field too. They used to kick me, or not passing the ball in the training matches. Used to play pranks on me. Maybe you made a mistake and they would yell you a lot, but that happens everywhere you know. When a new guys come in, you don’t want him to stay. To take your friends place out, but once you’re in, it’s done.
Rule #4: Be Your Own Top Critic
Interviewer: Leo, if there is a single trait, that most accounts for your success as a player, what is it?
I think my desire to always get better to always want more, to always be my top critic, and accepting the good and the bad.
Rule #5: Stay Focused
Man: How do you fell when you hear that you are probably the best player in history?
Well, the truth is that it is something amazing to hear. The fact that people say it and think it, makes me feel really proud. But, that aside, I try not to think about it and just focus on the day to day business of football, enjoying what I do and thinking about what is to come.
Man: How do you feel being the player with most Ballon d’Or?
Like I said, it’s lovely to receive this award for what it means, having won the fifth recently, like I said, now that is history. I am not thinking about it I am thinking about what we have left this season, trying to repeat what we did last year.
Rule #6: Do Your Own Thing
Interviewer: Has the manager ever told you to do exactly the oppose to what you are used to do? “Kid, you’re not gonna dribble here. We will play at the first touch” Has that ever happened?
When I arrived to Barcelona, the same old manager.
Interviewer: The same one!
He had everything!!
Interviewer: That’s tremendous!
Her told me “we must release the ball quickly, we’ll play one- two touches”, “and do not dribble to much”
Interviewer: And that time, you listened quietly.
Yeah, but I didn’t care. Once I get into the field I used to do what I wanted. Well, that had consequences. During the first year I never used to play. When I was with him, I never used to play.
Interviewer: But now when you see him, you don’t trough him a nutmeg or something?
Nah, I don’t see him often, because they train during the evening.
Interviewer: He’s your best friend in Barcelona, I think he had them all together!!
Rule #7: Be A Team Player
Interviewer: You’re scored 50 goals already but you only scored two last night, are you worried about the dip in form?
I’m happy at my current run of form and for the amount of goals that I have been able to score, but as I always say, the important thing is for the team to continue this dynamism and this way of playing the game to win titles, taht at the end is the most important thing.
Rule #8: Seize Every Opportunity
Young Man: My question what advice would you give to the youngsters who wants to play football?
I don’t like giving advice but if I have to then I would say that you take advantage of every situation, every minute that you have here at FC Barcelona. You have the fortune to be at a big club and that can give you a chance not just in football but in life.
The chance to study, grow and get an education. I think the most important thing is to take advantage of everything and then enjoy your football and be as professional as possible, nothing else.
Rule #9: Dream Big
Man: What are your memories of playing football in Rosario? Firstly on Calle Estado de Israel, at Grandoli and then Newells?
I was a boy who liked to play with the ball in the streets, at school, in my suburb and I dream’t of achieving what I have achieved now.
Man: What did you dream of? Lifting Trophies?
Well I was very little back then, and I just wanted to play wherever it was and then as I was growing up, I started to dream of playing in the premier division in Argentina because I was in Argentina, and then I came here in Barcelona, but I never thought about this trophy or winning tittles, just about what came next.
Rule #10: Be Grateful
Interviewer: Do you ever crave the anonymity you had as a child when you were playing for Newell’s Old Boys?
No, not really. The truth is that things had to happen the way they did, and I don’t regret anything. Much the contrary, I am very grateful to Barcelona for their confidence in me and for giving me the opportunity I had as a kid and for making me the player I am today.
Thank you guys so much, I hope you enjoyed. I made this because Gaston Martos asked me too. So if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do. I’d also love to know which of the top 10 rules had the biggest impact on you and why.
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Interviewer: How would you compare yourself, to who you were four years ago, in South Africa, and eight years ago, when you were a kid basically in Germany?
I’ve grown a lot in football terms a lot of things have happened to me, good and bad which helped me grow as a person and professionally. I became a father which is a big change. It makes you see things differently.
Right now, first and foremost is my son. To come home and see my son, it’s a big joy that makes you forget all of your worries. It’s changed who I am.
Translator: Who’s a more complete player than Messi? I’ve never heard anyone say that any player’s more complete than Messi. Messi is the best. By an everything, I see him train everyday, he doesn’t just score goals. All the registers that a player has to have, work great, combining, understanding the game, and at just 23 he’s simply the best.