Barcelona needs a successor to Lionel Messi now that he is 31 years old. There has been a story that has been told by a player dubbed as the ‘next Lionel Messi’ in an exclusive interview.
Ex-Barcelona wonder kid Bojan Krkic is now on the books of Stoke City in the EFL Championship and is failing to make the squad. It is quite bad for a player who was dubbed as the ‘next Lionel Messi’ and formed a part of Barcelona’s golden era under Pep Guardiola by winning numerous trophies under the current Manchester City boss.
He has now revealed what made him take the decision of leaving the club.
“Here in England is the place I feel more respected outside the pitch,” the 28-year-old told BBC Sport. “I feel really proud of my career – more here in England than in Spain. I played in the semi-final of the Champions League, I played for big teams, and now I’m in the Championship. This emotionally is difficult but I’m enjoying it. In Spain and Italy, when you win you are the best and when you lose, you are very bad. In Italy, one game you win and score, you cannot go in the street because the people are so enthusiastic, and when you lose they go crazy. After the game, they wait for you. Many players don’t care about that pressure. There are players who are more sensitive. Here in England, you don’t feel this and can enjoy playing. It’s different to play here than those places.”
Upon being called the next Messi, he said:
“You need to control the things you can do,” said Bojan. “My first year I scored 10 goals in La Liga. Then people started saying ‘yeah, the new Messi’. You can do nothing about this. In the end, I know my qualities and I know I’m not Messi. I’m Bojan. If people say ‘this guy was not the new Messi’, yeah I was not the new Messi.”
“It’s not easy,” he continued. “Messi scores three goals every game. If you score one goal, you’re not Messi. When I went to Rome and Milan, you go there not as Bojan, you go as a new star, a new Messi. So if you go there and play good, it’s not enough. You need to be the best, you need to be the Messi. That’s the thing that didn’t help me. In the beginning, it’s difficult to understand but with experience, you know what you can do.”
Bojan is an example of how cruel football can be at times. The forward was one of Barcelona’s hottest talents and is currently struggling to get minutes at a lowly club like Stoke City as well. He certainly deserves better chances to prove his quality.