Lionel Messi’s enthusiasm is contagious as La Liga leaders Barcelona prepare to return following the coronavirus pandemic, according to team-mate Jordi Alba.
Suspended in March due to the Covid-19 crisis, La Liga will get back underway with a derby clash between Sevilla and Real Betis on June 11.
Barca, who were two points clear of bitter rivals Real Madrid through 27 rounds at the time of postponement, will return with a trip to Real Mallorca on June 13.
Captain and six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi has provided plenty of motivation ahead of the league’s resumption, with left-back Alba telling TVE:
“He’s a vital player of us and we should enjoy having him all the time.
“Seeing Leo with the enthusiasm he’s come back with is contagious for the rest of the group.”
Messi had topped La Liga’s goalscoring charts with 19, ahead of Madrid forward Karim Benzema (14).
“I see the team as having a lot of enthusiasm,” Spain international Alba added.
“Mentally and physically we players have come back really well I would say, even better than we were before.”