Messi hints at Barcelona exit

Lionel Messi

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has hinted for the first time that he could leave the Catalan giants in the near future.

“I’m just living the present,” Messi told Argentine sports paper Ole in an interview. “I’m thinking about having a great year at Barcelona and about winning the titles we want to win at Barcelona. Nothing more.

“After that, we’ll see. Football has a lot of twists and turns. I always said that I’d like to stay there forever, but things don’t always work out as you want them to.”

Messi added: “I have said it many times – if it were up to me, I would stay forever. But like I said just now, things don’t always turn out how you would like, especially in football, which is so changeable and in which so many things happen.

“It’s difficult and more so in these difficult times that Barcelona are going through at the moment.”

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