The Blaugrana eased to victory over the Azulones in the Copa del Rey, and, after two months out, the Argentine superstar conceded that it was great to be back playing.
“I couldn’t wait to return. I had spent too long away from the pitch. I have felt really good in training. I have tested my fitness in every way possible, but when you’re on the pitch everything is different.
“Forgetting about the goals for a second, I felt really fit, I didn’t feel any pain in my hamstring.
“Once I had gotten over my injury, I worked on my fitness so I’d be able to enjoy myself on the pitch.
“I’m really happy to have returned to my home country. It was very good to get away from it all, and now I’m back determined to make this a great year.”
The goalscorer then commented on whether he will play against Atletico Madrid at the weekend and the fight for the Ballon d’Or.
I will speak to Martino and with the doctor. I just want to start playing again. If I’m fit enough to play, I will play. I always think about what’s best for the club. I am as keen to play as ever.
“I will go, as I always do, it’s always a pleasure to be named among the best three players in the world, never mind the final result.
“For me the most important prizes are trophies you win with your team, but it’s always good to win individual awards.”