Barthomeu Gives Update On Messi’s Retirement

The club's president expects his star man to sign a contract extension soon before playing out the rest of his career at Camp Nou Lionel Messi will retire as a Barcelona player in "three or four years", according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. 

Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi has a contract at Camp Nou until the end of the 2020-21 season, but Bartomeu last month said he expects the superstar forward to sign an extension. 

The 33-year-old has been linked with a return to boyhood club Newell's Old Boys before hanging up his boots. 

However, Bartomeu has no doubt Barca's all-time leading goalscorer will end his career with the Catalan giants, which could happen by 2023. "It's not just me who says it. 

Messi says it himself, that he wants to finish his professional playing career at Barcelona and it's the only club for him," Bartomeu told beIN SPORTS. 

"I don't have any doubt that when he finishes his football career in three or four years that it will be here in Barcelona. "Messi has it very clear. 

He's been here since he was a kid. He knows the colours and he's a part of the club's history.

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