Bartomeu: ‘Lionel Messi says he wants to finish career at Barcelona’

Lionel Messi will retire from professional football as a FC Barcelona player in ‘three or four’ years, says club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. The future of the Argentinian at the Blaugranas made headlines last month as he was reportedly unhappy about the way the club did their business. It was believed Messi wanted to leave the club but Bartomeu keeps insisting he will stay at the club.

“It’s not just me who says it. Messi says it himself, that he wants to finish his professional playing career at Barcelona and it’s the only club for him,” Bartomeu told beIN SPORTS. “I don’t have any doubt that when he finishes his football career in three or four years that it will be here in Barcelona.”

“Messi has it very clear. He’s been here since he was a kid. He knows the colours and he’s a part of the club’s history. He’s the best player in the world. Not just right now, but in the history of the game. He’s at Barcelona and has made clear he wants to stay here.” Messi’s current deal will run out in 2021.