Eric Abidal has revealed that even though Lionel Messi might not be much of a talker, he still knows how to let teammates know when he is angry.
Abidal who is the director of football in Barcelona also hailed Messi as a “key player for us and for the dressing room”.
Widely known as one of the best players in the world, Lionel Messi’s performance for Barcelona has helped the club’s fortunes.
The 31-year-old was handed the captain’s armband after Andres Iniesta’s exit.
Abidal has revealed how Messi let’s his teammates know he is angry as he gets vocal about the chances of winning La Liga, Champions League and Copa Del Rey treble this season
“He’s an example as a captain,” Abidal told Barcelona’s official website.
“Not just talent-wise, also as a person.
“He doesn’t talk much, but he shows us everything on the field. He’s a key player for us and for the dressing room.
“We always say that Leo doesn’t need to talk. Everyone knows when he’s angry and everyone knows when he’s happy.
“His role in the team is important for the young players and the new signings.
“Leo’s story is a beautiful one, but he’s shown that here at Barça, with hard work, lots of things are possible.
“He’s a great player and thanks to him the level of the other players increases.”
However, Barcelona have not secured a domestic victory since last months 2-1 win over Real Sociedad.
They sit 2nd in La Liga ahead of this weekend fixtures with 15 points alongside Atletico Madrid, while Real Madrid are on 14 points.
Abidal: Everybody knows when Lionel Messi is angry