Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has spoken of his intentions to remain at the Camp Nou for the remainder of his career, according to BBC Sport.
There had been some unrest between Messi and Barcelona, and his future was at one time in question as he and club vice-president Javier Faus fell out in a row over a new contract.
With Faus seemingly unwilling to review his contract, Messi went on to accuse the director of 'knowing nothing about football'. But all this seems in the past as Messi has vowed to play on at Barca.
"I want to retire here. While people want me, I want to spend my whole career at FC Barcelona," said Messi.
Having been missing since injuring his hamstring against Real Betis in early November, Messi seems eager to return to action, and showed this intent with two goals against Getafe in midweek.
Messi came on with Barca already 2-0 up thanks to a brace from Cesc Fabregas, and went on to bag two for himself in the half hour he had on the pitch. And considering his lengthy lay off recently, his tally of 16 goals in 17 games for Barca this season is already impressive.
The Argentina international is without a doubt one of the most talented players to grace the game, and will be forever remembered as a Barcelona legend
His formidable eye for goal sees him on 322 goals in 383 games for Bacelona at present. But while he has enjoyed much success at the Catalan club, he is yet to enjoy the major success with his country; lifting the World Cup.
With the 2014 World Cup fast approaching, the current Argentina crop has the undoubted ability to make it all the way to the final. This would be the final crowning jewel in what is an already glittering career for the magical Messi.
But fans will be relieved to hear that the dispute between Messi and Faus now seems to have been buried or forgotten, and be excited to hear him speak of his desire to wear the clubs famous colours and badge for the rest of his playing days.
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