From the round of 16 on, Messi realised that we could not play in a certain way where we could focus on our attack. We had to prioritize and focus on defense, leaving him and Gonzalo a bit isolated. Leo had to do his defensive work as well and that he was willing to go there shows how much of a great he is. We all knew that it was not the style he preferred, but he never complained once. He prioritised the good of the team. Things were not easy for him, but we would not have reached the final without him.
|—||Javier Mascherano (via messionel)|