For a decade long, Lionel Messi has remained one of the best players on the planet, with Cristiano Ronaldo. However, at 30, five times Ballon D'or winner is getting closer to the end of his glorious career. In an interview, the Argentine responded to the issue of retirement, which he knows will come at some point, but at the moment he does not want to think about it.
"I do not know how many years I have left as a footballer, hopefully a few more. The desire and enthusiasm continue to grow every day. I still have many challenges that I would like to achieve collectively. Right now I feel very well, but I do not know when I go to leave football, maybe it's a bit too hasty to start thinking about that, although I'm also aware that that day will come, "he said.
Messi also said in that interview that Argentina does not arrive as a favourite at the World Cup in Russia, but that they will play at their best way possible to reach the final. His deadly rival would be Spain. The 30-year-old Messi has set the world alight once again with his performances for FC Barcelona this season also. While he has helped the Catalan side take the top spot in the La Liga, the club has too progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The Argentine has scored 26 times in 29 La Liga appearances this season.
Messi reached his landmark mark goal in the elite competition when he netted his 100th goal against Chelsea in the round of 16 second leg tie at Nou Camp. Ernesto Valverde's side need just three wins to be crowned La Liga Champions, and could be the first team in the modern era to go unbeaten in La Liga. The Catalan giants are also aiming for a treble this campaign as they face Sevilla in the finals of the Copa del Rey later in April.
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Jeet Ghosh is a Football Journalist, living and working in Kolkata with 7 years of experience. He has also worked with Sportzwiki and India.com. Jeet is a sports lover but has special liking for football. He follows the football league’s around the world and is somewhat partial towards Real Madrid.