Messi: Present and future at Barca

Lionel Messi has reflected on a possible retirement away from Barcelona, as well as which player he admired most when growing up.

The Argentine, who this week travelled out to Qatar on a promotional exercise, has had an interview with a Peruvian publication published too, where he considered the notion of one day returning to his hometown club.

“I have said before that I would like to play one final season [at Newell’s Old Boys] before I retire,” reflected Messi to El Comercio this week.

“But in football you can never look too far ahead. At the moment I can only say that Barcelona is my present and also my future.

“I want to stay here for a long time.”

Messi was then asked for a reflection on who he admired in the sport when growing up.

“The first player I admired in football was Pablo Aimar. I do not remember all the players that I once followed, but Aimar I do recall very well.

“His is the first name that comes to my mind when I am asked.”

The Argentine has won the last four editions of the Ballon d’Or.

“I’d be lying if I said that I never wanted to win a Ballon d’Or because it is one of the great joys that football has provided me.

“I am happy to keep playing and competing and while that happens, surely the rest will follow.”

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