Lionel Messi’s enthusiasm is contagious when Barcelona’s La Liga leaders prepare to return to the coronavirus pandemic, according to team mate Jordi Alba.
Suspended in March due to the Covid-19 crisis, La Liga will resume with a derby match between Sevilla and Real Betis on June 11.
Barca, who are two points ahead of fierce rivals Real Madrid through 27 rounds at the time of the delay, will return with a trip to Real Mallorca on June 13.
The captain and six-time Ballon d’Or champion, Messi, has provided a lot of motivation ahead of the league’s resumption, with left back Alba telling TVE: “He is our vital player and we must enjoy having him all the time.
“Seeing Leo with enthusiasm that he brought back transmitted to other group members.”
Messi has topped La Liga goalscorer list with 19, ahead of Madrid striker Karim Benzema (14).
“I see the team has a lot of enthusiasm,” added Spain international Alba.
“Mentally and physically we the players have returned very well in my opinion, even better than us before.”
Meanwhile, defending champions Barca continue to be linked to former Neymar star – who left Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain in a world record transfer of € 222 million (£ 198m / $ 247 million) in 2017.
On the possibility of returning, Alba said: “He is clearly a unique player and he gave us a lot. He chose and looked for other goals.”
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“I would love to be able to train him one day because he is a top class player. To be honest, I have fulfilled the dream of coaching (Lionel) Messi, but I would be very happy if Neymar joined us,” Setien said beIN SPORTS last month
Neymar & nbsp; will not join his former team this summer& nbsp; due to lack of funds available at Barca. “data-reactid =” 31 “> Setien may have to wait at least a year if he wants to train the Brazilian, because Goal has reported that Neymar will not be joining his former team this summer due to lack of funds available at Barca.
The club is still looking to bring in Inter star Lautaro Martinez, with the Catalans reportedly looking to include several players in an exchange deal to reduce Argentine prices.
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