Lionel Messi's skills are enjoyed by millions of spectators and TV viewers, who are hooked on the close control, bursts of pace and sublime skill the Argentine has become famous for. But on Tuesday, the Barcelona man revealed that he cannot watch himself play football.
"It still embarrasses me to watch myself play, the Argentina linchpin admitted in an interview with television channel TyC Sports.
If he still cannot bring himself to enjoy his own play on the big screen, Messi has no such problem playing with his current Seleccion team-mates - whom he credits with helping to change his previously disappointing international form.
And with a fantastic performance against Nigeria under his belt Messi finally feels at home in the blue and white of Argentina, after a long period of painful criticism from domestic media.
"On a footballing level I accepted it, but things were said just to cause me pain and my family was suffering, but now I can leave them behind," the playmaker explained.
"I wanted to change the situation, and I know that I can. It would delight me if my country could love me in the same way as they do in Barcelona. I know that I have to keep demonstrating my commitment and talent, and I'm going to do it."