Leo Messi: Winning the double would be spectacular

Leo Messi celebrates his spectacular free-kick against Espanyol / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The Argentine star is optimistic about clinching the two trophies that are at stake

Leo Messi has his sights set on winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey, an achievement he says would be “spectacular”.

In an interview with ESPN, the Argentine spoke of his disappointment at not retaining the Champions League, but conceded that “you cannot win it every year”.

Nevertheless, Messi says winning the domestic league would be a huge honour due to the level of competition in the division

“It is not easy to compete with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Villarreal and many other tough teams. Thankfully, we have our fate in our own hands.”

Messi is currently in a rich vein of form, and scored his seventh direct free-kick of the campaign against Espanyol on Sunday, taking his tally for the season to 37 in all competitions.

“It is something I work on and look for the best way to improve,” he said, speaking of his set-plays.