‘We must prepare for Lionel Messi retirement’ – Barcelona president

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted the club are already thinking about the best way to deal with Lionel Messi’s retirement.

The 31-year-old has scored 581 goals in 665 games for the Catalan giants, who have invested heavily in signing Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong in recent times.

“I know one day Lionel will say he's retiring,” Bartomeu told Spanish journalist Guillem Balague for the BBC.

“We have to prepare the club for the future, we are bringing great young players to the team because we need to continue this era of success. That's our responsibility.

“My mandate will be finished in two seasons. So I need to leave the club in a great position and tell the new president 'that's our legacy'.”

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