Yet the Catalan club finished behind Real Madrid in the Primera Division and was surprisingly knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-final stage by Chelsea, which was outplayed for large spells, this year.
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And perhaps with that in mind, Messi told The
"That's why I do it. The day I stop having fun is the day I retire ... I never want to lose that spark, that passion.
"Today, teams are playing more statically, more for the final score than producing good football.
"For them, it's more important to win than to play well. We need more players with passion coming up for the good of football."
Gerard Pique has declared that Barcelona must try and talk Manchester United target Thiago Alcantara into staying at the Catalan club after the midfielder netted a hat-trick in Spain's 4-2 win over Italy in the European Under-21 Championship final.