“To the whole team, my Barca teammates and the rest of them, best of luck. We trust you and wish you the best from Brazil.” - Xavi Hernández
“To the members of the Sub-21, you’re doing a phenomenal job and we, in the senior team, are convinced that you’ll get the trophy. We will enjoy it with you. Best of luck in the final.” - Iker Casillas
“On behalf of the whole team, we want to let you know we’re keeping up with all of your matches and so proud of you for making it to the final. You can only enjoy what is left now, finals exists to play them, win them, but most of all, to enjoy them. All of us are sure that you will go back home with the cup. We’ll be rooting for you.” - Fernando Torres
In many ways it’s true. And there have been a lot of factors involved that have made it that way, from the style of playing, the pressure, my own struggles as a player, to how much it was played, what I had accomplished before… the statistics aren’t the way they used to be, and believe me, I was the first person who noticed it and was conscious of it and did everything in my power to change it. I was aware that everyone expected much better of me precisely because I expected much better of myself. Team-wise, it hasn’t been so bad because of the titles we’ve won, but on a personal level I know I’ve got much more to offer. At the end of the day, the only thing that will make you be wherever you want to be is yourself and what you ask of yourself, your work, effort and sacrifice.