- Lionel Messi has been hailed by Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu
- Bartomeu claimed that the Argentine superstar will retire at Barcelona
- Messi has won six Ballon d'Or awards at the Nou Camp
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Josep Maria Bartomeu who is the president of Spanish club Barcelona has made it clear that captain of the side Lionel Messi will hang his boots at the Nou Camp.
Lionel Messi's current contract at Barcelona will expire in June 2021 and there have been speculation over his future with the Catalans.
The Argentina international started his football career when he was young in his native country before making a move to Barcelona academy.
His performances while at the La Masia academy helped Lionel Messi to move to the main team where he has been playing for years.
Messi has never played for any other club than Barcelona where he has won the Spanish La Liga titles, Champions League, Copa del Rey and also the Club World Cup title.
Barcelona failed to win the 2019/20 Spanish La Liga title which was won by Real Madrid and there were reports that Lionel Messi was livid with Los Blancos winning the League.
But facing the exit doors now seems to have been taken away from the road going by the latest statement by Barcelona president.
"It's not just me that says so but Leo has always said it, that he wants to end his professional career at Barcelona.
"I think it's the club of his life. It's a man for a club and it's the best club for him,'' Bartomeu told beIN Sports.
At the just concluded La Liga season, Lionel Messi scored 25 goals to win the golden boot as Barcelona prepare for their next game against Napoli in the Champions League.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi praised former Real Madrid goalie Iker Casillas for his incredible performances during his active playing days before he retired from football.
Casillas, who was one of the best goalkeepers in the world, retired from football at the age of 39 after winning all the titles any player can dream of.
During his time at Real Madrid, Casillas won the Spanish La Liga titles five times, three Champions League titles at Camp Nou.
To crown it all, Casillas also won the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and back-to-back European Championships in 2008 and 2012.
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