MX23RW : Saturday, January 19 02:55:04

Lionel Messi: 'I'm almost sure that Barcelona will be my only European club'

Messi: 'Barca is my only European club'
© Offside
Barcelona star Lionel Messi reveals that it is highly unlikely he will play anywhere else in Europe, but may return to his old Argentine club one day.

Lionel Messi has pledged his loyalty to Barcelona, stating that it is highly unlikely he will play for another European club.

The Argentine skipper has been at Barcelona for 14 years, winning nine league titles and four Champions League trophies during his time in Spain.

While not many clubs in the world could afford the transfer fee of Messi, the 30-year-old has stated that it is unlikely he will play anywhere else in Europe.

"I'm increasingly sure that in Europe, Barcelona will be my only club," Messi told El Trece.

"I always said I wanted to play in Argentine football one day, I don't know if it will happen but I have it in my mind. It would be at Newell's, nowhere else. I would like to do that for at least six months, but you never know what will happen. My dream was to play for Newell's as a kid, going to the matches with my dad, my brothers, my friends... after that; circumstances in life took me elsewhere but I still have that in mind.

"The other day I was talking to a friend and he told me 'if you had chosen Spain [to play for instead of Argentina], you'd be a World Cup winner already', but it wouldn't have been the same. Obviously in no moment did I think about doing that. To win it with Argentina would be something unique. We have players to be able to dream. It's important to start off with a win to build confidence. We don't have an easy group."

Argentina will play Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D of the World Cup group stages.


Click here for more stories about Lionel Messi

Click here for more stories about Barcelona

Share this article now:
Marcos Alonso celebrates during the Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea on August 20, 2017
Read Next:
Messi wants Alonso at Barcelona?
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona19134253203343
2Atletico MadridAtletico19108127131438
3Sevilla1996431201133
4Real Madrid1910362824433
5AlavesAlaves209562223-132
6Getafe208752516931
7Real Betis197572223-126
8Real Sociedad197482322125
9GironaGirona195952123-224
10Espanyol197392127-624
11Valencia1941141717023
12Levante196583035-523
13Athletic Bilbao1941052025-522
14EibarEibar195772128-722
15Leganes195771721-422
16Real Valladolid195771721-422
17Celta Vigo195683132-121
18Rayo Vallecano1954102234-1219
19Villarreal193882025-517
20Huesca1925121736-1911

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account