Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has expressed his hopes for Real Madrid to not win any trophy this season.
The Argentinian has stirred the rivalry between his boyhood club Barcelona and Real that the entire Nou Camp team wants Zinedine Zidane’s men to finish the 2015-16 campaign without a single tournament victory.
He revealed that Barca’s players are rooting for Atletico Madrid – the very team eliminated Barca themselves from the Champions League – to win the Champions League by beating Real in the final.
“It would hugely please Barcelona if Atletico beat them in the Champions League final,” he said.
“What Atletico Madrid have done is great, it is not easy to beat them. They are a very tough opponent and (Diego) Simeone deserves credit for their performances.”
Barcelona had been hoping to recapture their treble success last season, but was unable to do so this season after their Champions League exit. However, Messi is confident that his side will be celebrating on Saturday night as they play the final La Liga game this season which could potentially decide the La Liga trophy winner.
“We spilled a lot of points in La Liga, but recovered just in time. We still have everything in our own hands,” Messi said. “We have two finals now, one in the league and one in the cup.”
“A league title is very difficult to win, so you have to win it and then reflect on the achievement and savour it.” He added. “It would be great to end the year with two titles.”