Barcelona star Lionel Messi declared he was very happy to have renewed his contract with the ‘Blaugrana’ club on Thursday and said he doesn’t consider playing with other European club different than Barça.
However, the 4-time Golden Ball winner said he would not rule out to finish his career in Argentina, where he supports club Newell’s Old Boys from Rosario, his native city.
"I have always said I am very happy in Barcelona, It’s a great day," said Messi to Barcelona’s official website after signing his new contract. "I said earlier that, in Europe, I do not plan to play with any other team. However, I do not rule finish my career in Argentina," he said.
But the Argentine prefers not to think much about the future and focus on the present. “My hope is to continue enjoying at Barça. I don’t how I will be when I’m 31. I go day by day and right now I think of enjoying playing soccer with Barcelona,” Messi said.
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- It all started on January 5, 2005, when the 17-year old Messi scored against Albacete with what would become one of his trademark chips after a marvelous pass from mentor Ronaldinho. Photo: Getty Images
- Little more than a year later, Messi would score his first (and still only) goal in a World Cup game, when he scored for Argentina in a 6-0 mauling over Serbia in Germany 2006. Photo: Getty Images
- In the 2006/2007 season, Messi would announce his arrival as a force in the classic Barcelona versus Real Madrid Super Clasico with a hat trick earning his team a 3-3 draw. Photo: Getty Images
- That same year he would score what is arguably his best goal ever in a Copa del Rey semi-final against Getafe on a mazy from inside his own half in which he beat several defenders and the goalie. The goal was amazingly similar to a run made by Diego Armando Maradona in the 1986 World Cup against England. Photo: Getty Images
- In the 2007 Copa America, Messi scored a delightful chip against Mexico which is also considered among his best ever goals. Photo: Getty Images
- In the 2008/2009 season, Messi was instrumental in Barcelona's historic 6-2 rout of Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeau. Messi scored twice and assisted on another goal. Photo: Getty Images
- In 2009, Barcelona won the Champions League over Manchester United with Messi scoring the 2nd goal on a header. The goal sealed the victory and also quieted talk that Messi was unable to score with his head. Photo: Getty Images
- In 2010, Messi scored four goals for the first time in his career in a 4-1 win over Arsenal in the Champions League quarter-final. Photo: Getty Images
- Also in 2010, Messi led the attack in Barcelona's historic 5-0 win over Real Madrid at the Camp Nou. Although he did not score, he provided two noteworthy assists and led the attack. Photo: Getty Images
- In 2010, Messi scored a hat-trick against Zaragoza including another wonder goal. Photo: Getty Images
- In 2011, Messi scored the go-ahead goal in the Champions League final against Manchester United. Photo: Getty Images
- Earlier this year in March, Messi scored five goals in a game for the first time in a Champions League thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen. Photo: Getty Images
- On December 9, 2012, Messi scored twice against Real Betis to tie and break, Muller's record for goals in a calender year. Stay tuned, more is to come... Photo: Getty Images