- Lionel Messi is expected to remain at Barcelona until he turns 45 without any complaints says Barca president Josep Bartomeu
- The club chieftain is thrilled with the quality the No 10 brings which has made his tenure easier
- Bartomeu insists the 31-year-old club captain will outlast him at Camp Nou
Lionel Messi, is expected to keep playing football until he turn 45, says Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Daily Mail reports the club chief is upbeat that the 31-year-old Messi, who extended his stay with the Catalan giants in 2017 to 2021, still a long way before quitting the round leather game.
“The day that Messi retires — well, I won’t be president because he’ll outlast me,” Bartomeu was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
“He has so much football still to give.
“I still think it’s a long way off. Look at the power in that free-kick [he scored against Liverpool]. He’s a long way out and that ball really flies. He’s stronger than ever,” Bartomeu stressed, even as he was quick to add.
“I hope Leo plays on until he’s 45!
“I don’t know what he wants to do but it would be fantastic to have him in the team when we inaugurate the new stadium,” noted the Barca president, who insists the Argentine superstar remains a delight to clubs coming to play at Camp Nou.
“Presidents from other teams, when they come to the Camp Nou the first thing they say is: ‘Is Messi going to play today?’ They support their teams but they love football and want to see him,” he stressed.
Messi has enjoyed another fruitful term with Barcelona, netting 48 times across all competitions this campaign – including a LaLiga-best 34.
On the other hand, the Argentine playmaker netted his 600th goal for Barcelona on Wednesday, May 1 as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner netted a brace in their 3-0 UCL semi-final first-leg win over Liverpool at Camp Nou.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Lionel Messi has been named the UEFA Player of the Week after Barcelona's 3-0 win over Liverpool, in their first leg Champions League semi final clash at Camp Nou.
The Argentine star scored two second half goals to hand the Spanish champions a sizeable advantage going into the second leg at Anfield.
Luis Suarez had earlier put Barca ahead in the 26th minute in the keenly contested game against the Premier League side. Then Messi's 75th minute strike doubled the lead for La Blaugrana before scoring an exquisite free kick in the 82nd.
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