Messi: The mistake of Argentines is to believe that we're the best in everything
Lionel Messi has often been the subject of criticism in Argentina, despite being one of the country's greatest ever players, and he has discussed the mindset of Argentinian people.
The Barcelona and Argentina captain has led the Albiceleste to the 2014 World Cup final, as well as the Copa America final in 2015 and 2016, but ultimately they lost to Germany and Chile respectively.
"One of the biggest mistakes we [as Argentines] make it to pretend that we're the best in everything," Messi told the radio program 'Perros de la Calle'.
"And the truth is, in a lot of things, we're far away.
"I had to fight, I had to leave my country, my people, my friends at 13 years old."
When evaluating his career, Messi remained humble.
"I never imagined that I've experienced was going to happen to me," he noted.
"My dream was much quieter than everything that happened to me later.
"And in between there were a lot of disappointments that helped me to improve."
Messi was then quizzed about the city of Barcelona, admitting that he wishes that he could take his children around without the world's eye on him.
"I know Barcelona well," he added.
"I walk along La Rambla, the Sagrada Familia, but it is true that now I would like to do it with my children.
"They did a little; I would love to walk along it and enjoy it, to go out and eat without anyone knowing you.
"I'd also like to walk around Rosario [in Argentina] or take them to Disneyland."