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April 15, 2021

Lionel Messi wants to retire at Barcelona

Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi says he wants to spend the rest of his career at the Spanish club. The Argentina captain scored twice on his return from a two-month injury lay-off on Wednesday as Barcelona beat Getafe 4-0 in the Copa del Rey. “I want to retire here. While people want me, I want to spend my whole career at FC Barcelona,” said Messi. There had been doubts over his future at Barca after a row with club director Javier Faus about a new contract. It had been reported that Faus insisted they had no obligation to review Messi’s contract, which was extended in February to June 2018. Messi, 26, then accused financial vice-president Faus in December of knowing nothing about football. The four-time world player of the year was troubled by injuries in 2013 and the latest of those came when he limped out of a 4-1 win at Real Betis two months ago with a hamstring strain.

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