Two-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi has revealed he wants to stay at Barcelona for the rest of his career.

The Argentinian, who took part in a Messi & Friends charity match last night in Bogota, Colombia, was responding to questions about a possible transfer to arch rivals Real Madrid.

But the La Liga top scorer quashed any transfer talk and confirmed he's happy to stay with the Catalans, a club he joined aged 13 years old.

 

Speaking to reporters, Messi said: "I do not think about joining Madrid. Barcelona are my home and I would be delighted to play there until I retire. I hope that is what happens."

Messi's star-studded charity team, including Robinho, Diego Forlan and Dani Alves, drew 6-6 with a Rest of the World team boasting Marek Hamsik and Radamel Falcao. And the Argentina international went on to give his opinion on the managerial changes at the Nou Camp this summer.

"We are very happy that Tito [Vilanova] is Guardiola's replacement," said Messi. "He is someone we know, he works the same way that Guardiola did."

Guardiola, one of Barcelona's most successful coaches of all time, has chosen to take a sabbatical after four years at the Nou Camp, and assistant Vilanova will take charge next season.

And Messi's remarkable scoring run continued, abet in the less competitive environment of a charity game, taking his season's tally past the 80 goal mark.

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