There has been enough speculation in the past few days about Lionel Messi’s retirement from Barcelona and the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu finally confirmed that the Argentine player would not be participating in the final game of 2016. However, he’s hopeful that Messi’s absence from football for a short period of time won’t end up becoming a permanent one.
Messi’s record-breaking stay at Camp Nou might come to an end as the player’s contract expires in 2018. The Copa del Rey’s second leg match between Barcelona and Hercules on Wednesday might also not include the presence of Lionel Messi.
Barcelona is, however, hopeful that it may offer a new deal to their all-time leading goal scorer in order to pursue him to be a part of the team in the future. The club’s president Josep Maria is of the view that Messi may spend the last few days of his football career playing for the Catalan Giants. The exact words of the president were,
“We’d like him to finish his career here. Messi wants to continue because he’s happy, it’s his club. Messi loves this club. He’s another Catalan. I’m sure he’ll retire here. The names Messi and Barca go hand in hand. Messi is the best player in history, we’d like him to finish his career here and we’ll work hard to make sure of that.”
Although Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or award in the past, Bartomeu is a firm believer that Messi truly deserves to win every year.
“The Ballon d’Or should be Messi’s every year as he is the best player in the history of football. There are other good players but Messi is undoubtedly No 1.”