Premier League interests Messi

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Lionel Messi has revealed that the idea of playing in the Premier League is an intriguing prospect, but he hopes to remain a Barcelona player for the rest of his career.

The Argentine is enjoying a quite phenomenal season at the Nou Camp, and has scored 50 goals in 44 appearances for club and country this term.

Following his five goal haul against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, the 24-year-old's right to lay claim to the title of the 'greatest player ever' has been given extra clout.

But detractors of Messi often comment that he perhaps would be less effective in English football, and may struggle to mix it with the more physical sides in the Premier League.

However, it would appear unlikely that this theory will ever be given the chance to be tested, with Messi intent on staying with Barcelona.

Messi does, though, keep a keen eye on the Premier League, and the performances of Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney in particular.

"It's a league I like," he told Soccer Saturday. "I have friends that are playing there and I follow it as and when I can. Players I like are Kun Aguero and Rooney. These are two players that I like.

"The truth is my idea has been to always stay in Barcelona and see out the rest of my career here.

"Like I always say, one doesn't know what can happen in the future but if it were up to me to decide, I would stay at Barcelona for the rest of my career."

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