- Lionel Messi has admitted that it is difficult to play without the fans
- The 33-year-old has struggled for form since the start of the current season
- Messi added that it takes a longer time to tune into a game when no one is present
Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi has likened playing without the fans to training sessions.
The supporters have not been in attendance at match venues due to the ravaging effect of the deadly coronavirus since March.
Although some clubs have lowered the regulations guiding COVID-19 by giving a few fans to see their clubs play in the last few weeks.
The teams have tried creating fan effect at their stadia but it is never the same as having the real people chanting players to glory. Messi told Tribuna:
"Yes, very. It's horrible to play without fans. It's not a nice feeling. Not seeing anyone in the stadium makes it like training, and it takes a lot to get into the game at the beginning.
"That's why we see such even games. It's very hard to win whoever you are playing against."
Sources close to the Spanish authorities claim the earliest fans will return to stadia in the European country would be next year April - a year and a month after they were stopped.
And this is after a majority of the country's population must have received coronavirus vaccines.
"The pandemic has caused football to change a lot, and for the worse. We are seeing it in games. Hopefully, after all this is over, we can get people back into the stadiums and get back to normal."
Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona legend Lionel Messi has been crowned Spanish League's highest goal scorer for the 2019-20 campaign.
The 33-year-old emerged winner of the award for the seventh time after producing 25 goals in 33 appearances - while also assisting 21 other goals.
Though his individual performance could not help the Catalans win the league as they lost the title to arch-rivals Real Madrid, he ended up crowning his efforts with the prestigious prize.
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