Lionel Messi has continued to fuel speculation that he may be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season, despite having hit out at supposed falsities less than 24 hours ago.
Speaking at FIFA’s Zurich gala for the Ballon d’Or, Messi explained that he does not know where he will be next year.
He said: “I don't know where I'll be next year."
Messi to retire a Newell Old Boy?
"I've always said I want to end my career at Barcelona but nobody knows what the future holds.”
There had been reports in October that Messi would finish his career at his youth club Newell’s Old Boys but he was non-committal when asked about that too.
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Messi added: "I'm not sure what's going to happen, whether I'd go to Newell's.”
Lionel’s childhood club
Messi joined Newell’s Old Boys in 1995 and became part of the local youth team that lost just one match in four years.
That crop of players become known locally as “The Machine of ‘87” referring to the year of their birth.
Messi left the youth set-up in Rosario when he was 12 and made the journey to Spain to join the Barcelona academy.
Messi’s future has been doing the rounds in gossip columns the world over in recent weeks following a reported falling out with Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.
And some perhaps more far fetched rumours indicated a move to Chelsea could be on for the Argentinean after he followed Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis and Chelsea FC on Instagram.
But very few clubs could realistically afford the astronomical fee that would be required to lure him away from the Nou Camp with FFP rules playing a big part in any potential suitors’ plans.