Lionel Messi has confirmed that he will never play in the Premier League.
The Ballon d’Or winner pledged his allegiance to Barcelona, announcing he couldn’t play for another European club.
Messi did, however, express his desire to play professionally in his home country of Argentina before hanging up his boots.
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"I have always said that Barcelona is my home and that I want to retire at this club, but I was talking about my European career there," Messi told France Football, reported the Daily Mirror.
“I could never play for another European club than Barcelona. But I would like to play in Argentina, because I left when I was little. I would like to know how it is to be part of the Argentine game.
“Anything can happen in football, but I have no doubts about what I want, and what I want is to stay here at Barcelona.”
The Daily Mirror report Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the 28-year-old, so Messi’s quotes will come as a crushing blow to those who believed they could entice the star away from Spain.
Though it was difficult to imagine Messi ever leaving for another European team. Messi, who joined the club at the age of 13, has enjoyed an illustrious career with Barcelona and the club remain arguably the strongest in European football after last season’s treble-winning campaign.
However, it would have been fascinating to see the Argentine tackle a different style of competitive football. The question, ‘can Messi do it on a wet Tuesday night at Stoke?’ will never be answered.
Europe’s loss is Argentina's gain, and the clues add up to envisage Messi ending his career at Newell’s Old Boys. Messi begun his football career at the Argentina outfit in 1995 and his son, Thiago, was made a member of their supporters club when he was just three days old.
Former Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze told Marca in 2014 that Messi will end his stunning career at Newell’s Old Boys.
It seems fitting that a remarkable career will probably end where it started.