Lionel Messi has quashed any speculation surrounding a possible exit from Barcelona, with the forward insisting his future is with the Catalan club.
Messi moved through the youth academy of Barcelona to the senior side in 2005. In 193 appearances for the side, the Argentinian has scored 127 goals, cementing his place as both a club legend and star of his national team.
He now holds five La Liga titles, along with three Champions League trophies and a host of individual accolades, and Barcelona are favourites to be triumphant on the European stage once again this season.
And now, if anyone thought he may consider heading to another club for the right price, Messi has put rumours of an exit to rest, saying he wants to stick with Barcelona for the long term.
"Leaving Barcelona has never been in my head. As long as things continue to go the way they go now, I have no intention of leaving," Messi told Radio Metro.
The 24-year-old has become something of a footballing icon throughout the world, and Messi said that he still finds it strange how other players react to his presence on the pitch.
"When we play in the Champions League, it sometimes happens that opponents come up to me when I prepare to take a free kick and ask me whether I want to exchange jerseys after the game,” he said.
Messi is getting ready for the international break over the weekend, with Argentina taking on Chile and Venezuela in 2014 World Cup qualifying matches.
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