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Lionel Messi reveals retirement plans

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is already setting out his retirement plans and says he could return to his native land to see out his playing days.

The Camp Nou legend insists he is not going anywhere soon and reassured Blaugrana fans that he would only ever be turning out for Barcelona – as long as he is still in Europe.

Messi signed a two-year extension to his current Barcelona contract, extending it to the summer of 2018, and is in line for a significant pay rise.

The Argentina captain has made contradictory comments in the past about where his future lies; at one point he said he wanted to retire in his homeland, while another time expressed a desire to hang up his boots at the Catalan club.

However, Messi clarified the situation in the story put together by Barcelona to announce his contract extension.

“I said it before - in Europe I'd like to end my career at Barca. I wouldn't consider moving to another European club," he told the official Barcelona website.

"With that said, I'm not ruling out ending my playing career in Argentina.”

Lionel Messi was not the only one to agree a new deal to remain at Camp Nou, club stalwarts Carles Puyol and Xavi have also penned new terms until 2016.

Messi’s comments will obviously please Barcelona fans as the 25-year-old has been taking the game to new heights over the past two years, scoring 91 goals in 2012 and already hitting the net 50 times for the Blaugrana this season.

Tito Vilanova’s side are sitting pretty at the top of La Liga, nine points ahead of second-place Atletico Madrid and 16 ahead of rivals Real Madrid.

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