LIONEL MESSI fears football will “never be the same” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Top-level European leagues are only just returning to action in a highly controlled manner, following strict safety protocols and playing in empty stadiums.
Messi is back in training with Barcelona ahead of LaLiga’s restart
Messi is back in training with Barcelona ahead of LaLiga’s restartCredit: Handout – Getty
And Messi opened up on the tragedy of seeing loved ones die from the virus, which he describes as the “most unfair thing of all”.
The 32-year-old told El Pais, via Goal: “Most of us are left with doubts about what the world is going to be like after everything that has happened.
“Beyond the confinement and the situation that took us by surprise, many people had a really hard time because this situation affected them in some way, as it happened with all those who lost their family and friends and could not even see them.
“I think there were a lot of negative things in this crisis, but there can be nothing worse than losing the people you love the most, that creates enormous frustration for me and seems to me the most unfair thing of all.
“Football, like life in general, I think will never be the same.”
Spain has been one of the hardest-hit countries in the pandemic with 27,125 deaths linked to coronavirus from 286,308 confirmed cases.