Lionel Messi hints at future Barcelona exit

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Lionel Messi has hinted that he could leave Barcelona in the future - but is happy where he is for now.

The Argentine superstar signed a huge new long-term contract with the Catalan club back in the summer, and is amongst the highest earners in world football. Messi himself has repeatedly shattered records over the past few seasons, and is two goals away from becoming the all-time leading La Liga scorer.


He levelled Raul's record for most goals in the Champions League just before the international break and will look to claim it for himself when the competition returns. Despite his personal success, Barcelona have struggled to reach the heights they hit under former boss Pep Guardiola, and have had three managers since the former midfielder left to take a break before taking over at Bayern Munich.

Speaking in an interview with Argentinian newspaper Ole, Messi - who has a €250m release clause in his contract - was asked about whether he would stay with Barcelona for the rest of his career, and the answer was far from convincing.

He said: "Yes, I said it many times, that if I had my way I would stay forever. But as I just said, it's not always given that you get everything you like. More so in football, which is constantly changing and so many things happen. It's complicated."

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Of course there are only a handful of clubs who could afford Messi should he actually decide to leave. Super-rich clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City would have the cash to snap him up if his future really was away from the Nou Camp, while in Spain Real Madrid could afford him but there's no chance of that deal ever happening.

Potential destinations

Both Chelsea and Manchester City have been linked with him before, although there appears to be little concrete in the rumours - plus UEFA's Financial Fair Play directive has curbed spending.

Previously Messi's father has responded to speculation that Messi could join Chelsea or Manchester City by admitting he could move, too. "He loves Barca, but life takes lots of twists, you just never know," he said in October.

Paris Saint-Germain in France have the cash as do Bayern Munich, where he could hook up with Guardiola.

Translation via Sports Witness

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