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Lionel Messi: I’ll Only Leave Barcelona To Retire

Nou Camp hero vows to be a one-club-man.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will only leave the Spanish and European champions when he retires.

The 24-year-old, who scored 31 goals in 33 La Liga games with 18 assists, has no intention of playing for another club.

The Argentina international plans to retire to his home country when his career comes to an end.

Messi was talking in South America where he is preparing for the Copa America later this summer.

The World player of the year also said he does not like comparisons to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and that he alone cannot win the Copa America for his country.

“If I leave Barcelona, it will be to return to Argentina and retire,” he told Colombian newspaper El Pais.

“I do not think, or intend to go somewhere else. I am happy in Barcelona, I’m fine and if I end – it will be to come to Argentina.”

“Everyone is like they are, I do not show off in that way (like Ronaldo does) – it isn’t me, I am more reserved,” he added.

“Argentina are the favourites (for the Copa America) and we will always fight to win.

“I will always try to win for Argentina, but it does not only depend on Messi – we are 11 on the pitch and I never win games alone.”

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