Messi unsure about Barcelona future


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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi admits “I
don’t know where I’ll be next year” although
says he wants to stay at the Catalan club.
The Argentina captain had dismissed
speculation linking him with a move as “lies”
at the weekend.
But the 27-year-old said “nobody knows what
the future holds” at Monday’s Ballon d’Or
ceremony in Zurich.
He lost out to Real Madrid’s Cristiano
Ronaldo as world footballer of the year for the
second year in a row.
Messi was asked if he envisaged ending his
career at Barcelona, his only senior club, or at
Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys in his
hometown of Rosario.
“I’m not sure what’s going to happen, whether
I’d go to Newell’s,” he said.
Ronaldo and Lionel Messi did not vote for
each other in the Ballon D’Or top three
“I don’t know where I’ll be next year although
I’ve always said I want to end my career at
Barcelona.”
It had been suggested La Liga’s record
goalscorer might leave the club following
reports of a training-ground row with manager
Luis Enrique, who took over last summer.
He has spent his entire career at the Nou
Camp, winning three Champions Leagues and
six La Liga titles as well as four world
footballer of the year awards, since making his
debut in 2004. He is contracted until 2019.
After scoring in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over
Atletico Madrid, Messi said: “I have no
intentions of leaving for any team, not Chelsea
nor Manchester City.
“I’m tired of all the things that people have
been saying. I didn’t ask the club to fire
anyone.”
Finance expert Rob Wilson of Sheffield Hallam
University told BBC Sport that Manchester
United and Real Madrid are the only clubs
that could afford to buy Messi outright and
satisfy Financial Fair Play.
Messi’s records
Champions League top scorer: 75
La Liga top scorer: 259
Barcelona’s top goalscorer: 376
Most goals in a La Liga season: 50
Most goals in a season: 73
Most consecutive La Liga matches scored in:
21
Most Ballon d’Or titles: 4
Most goals in a single European Cup game: 5
(joint with Luiz Adriano)
Most European Cup top scorer awards: 4 (with
Gerd Muller)
Most goals in Clasicos: 21
Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season: 8
Most goals in Club World Cup: 4 (held jointly
with Denilson)
Most goals in a calendar year: 91

Source: BBC Sport

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