Jordi Alba: Barcelona star claims Messi is enthusiastic about restart of football

Jordi Alba: Barcelona star claims Messi is enthusiastic about restart of football

- Jordi Alba has hailed Lionel Messi’s form ahead of the restart of the La Liga season

- Barcelona have resumed training ahead of their match against Real Mallorca on June 13

- Alba admits seeing the Argentine star with lots of enthusiasm

Ahead of Barcelona’s return to action in the La Liga, the Catalonian club have stepped up preparation ahead of the June 13 date against Real Mallorca, but Lionel Messi gets the praises.

The Spanish giants have resumed training and Jordi Alba says team-mate Messi is enthusiastic about the return to action in the coming week.

La Liga 2019/2020 season has been suspended since mid-March following the spread of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic which has now killed at least 27,000 in Spain.

Table toppers Barcelona were two points clear ahead of rivals Real Madrid but action will resume on June 13 with games played behind closed doors.

Messi has returned to training raring to go and Alba claims the Argentine's positive attitude has rubbed off on the rest of the squad.

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The left back told TVE: "Seeing Leo with the enthusiasm he's come back with is contagious for the rest of the group.

"I see the team as having a lot of enthusiasm," Spain international Alba added.

Meanwhile, Italy legendary defenderAlessandro Costacurta has shared his 15-minute experience with the Lionel Messi.

The former AC Milan defender recalls when he could not cope when the Argentine star was 16-years-old.

Messi who was starting to break into Barcelona's first-team squad was too good for the veteran Italian sensational defender to handle as Costacuta asked his coach Carlo Ancelotti to substitute him after 15 minutes.

Costacurta who won several league titles with the Rossoneri also made comparisons between legendary Diego Maradona and Messi, who he has both played against.

The Italian veteran claimed he witnessed Maradona's abilities first hand during his successful spell with Napoli. earlier reported that Atletico Madrid forward star Diego Costa has been alleged to have evaded tax payments after he paid not more than £900,000 from the money he earned from image rights.

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It is believed that if he is found guilty, the former Chelsea star could still escape jail time as the law in Spain allows a judge suspend prison sentences of two years and below.

It was alleged that Costa did not pay more than £900,000 (€1million) from money earned by image rights.

Several football stars have faced the same issue of tax fraud in Spain including Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

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