Lionel Messi hints at retirement back in Argentina
Barcelona: Five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has hinted he could end his career by returning to his native Argentina.
Lionel Messi with his five Ballon d’Or trophies in Zurich yesterday
Messi left his homeland at just 13 years old to join Barcelona, where he has grown into one of the greatest players of all time.
“It was always my dream (to play in Argentina) when I was a boy, though I had to leave at a very early age because of my situation and it didn’t happen," he said in an interview published on FIFA.com days after lifting a record fifth Ballon d’Or.
“I had to go to Europe, start out with Barcelona and make my career there, but I would like to return to Argentine football one day.”
Messi hasn't always enjoyed the same popularity in the land of his birth as in Barcelona having so far failed to end Argentina's 23-year wait to win a major international tournament.