Barcelona president thinks Messi deserves 10 statues at renovated Nou Camp

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It's safe to say that we will only truly appreciate the brilliance of Lionel Messi once the Argentinian magician retires.

The 31-year-old has left football fans around the world speechless for well over a decade now, scoring an unbelievable 600 goals in 683 games.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has been in competition with Cristiano Ronaldo for many years to get critical acclaim for the sport's top spot.

A career of such magnitude is only tarnished slightly with a noticable gap at international level with Argentina, having not won a tournament despite scoring 65 goals in 125 games for his country.

The Argentinian has won everything available at Barcelona including 10 La Liga's, six Copa del Rey trophies and four Champions League's.

The current president of Barcelona, Josep Bartomeu, has on more than one occasion sung the praises of their star man, and in a recent interview went to even greater lengths to voice his admiration for the five foot seven striker.

Asked if a statue of Messi will join the one of Ladislao Kubala at the modernised stadium, Bartomeu told The Observer:

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"There will be 10 of them!

"I wouldn't even give him the Ballon d'Or. He's beyond that now, in a category of his own," Bartomeu added.

"There are great players, but he's in a different dimension."

This comes after Messi's majestic brace put Barcelona within touching distance of another Champions League final, as they approach the second leg at Anfield against Liverpool 3-0 ahead.

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The Catalan side have already secured the La Liga title, and face Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey in what could be a perfect season for Messi and co.

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