Lionel Messi has dismissed reports linking him with a move to either Inter Milan or hometown club Newell’s Old Boys.
The 32-year-old Barcelona forward previously spoke about the idea of winding down an illustrious playing career in his native Argentina.
The legend of Messi: Five key things to know…
- Messi broke into Barcelona’s first team in 2004 under Frank Rijkaard.
- He since registered 627 goals and 261 assists in 718 appearances.
- Messi, who has won 10 La Liga titles and four European Cups, recently picked up a record sixth Ballon d’Or.
- So far this season, he’s bagged 24 goals across 31 matches in all competitions.
- Across Europe’s top five leagues, only Messi and Jadon Sancho have reached double figures in terms of goals and assists.
However, chances of that happening anytime soon seem unlikely, even though Messi is yet to pen a new Barça deal with his present contract expiring in June 2021.
Since breaking into their first-team under Frank Rijkaard in 2004, he’s gone on to amass an incredible 627 goals, as well as creating a further 261, in 718 appearances.
Goalscoring and creating aside, his all-round play has earned him a record six Ballon d’Or crowns, enabling the Catalan giants to ten La Liga titles, four European Cups and six Copa del Reys.
Widely considered the greatest of all time, it’s hard to see him playing for another giant of European football, especially given the emotional connection he’s built in Spain’s second-largest city, and Messi himself called out the “fake news” by TNT in Argentina, which suggested a departure from the Camp Nou in the near future.
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“This is fake news and the same is true for the media reports about Newell’s. Both are false,” he wrote on his Instagram Stories.
“Fortunately nobody believes them…”