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Lionel Messi reveals reason behind refusing to sign lucrative lifetime contract with Barcelona

The Argentine forward recently revealed that he wouldn’t want a contract that would bind him to a particular club.

Lionel Messi’s latest interview might have just sent a few fans into a state of fear after the 32 year old revealed that he would not want to be tied down to any particular club. The talk surrounding Messi’s future at the Camp Nou started doing the rounds after it emerged he has a clause in his contract which enables him to leave at the end of every season. The Argentine forward’s current deal expires in June 2021.

Messi however revealed at the same time that he had no intentions of leaving the Catalan club as yet but would prefer to see out his career at the Camp Nou rather than be bound by a life-time contract. The 32 year old, who joined the club at the tender age of 13 in 2000, stated that he would rather stay and fight to achieve the club’s targets than take his spot in the team for granted for a lifetime.

“At the time there was talk of a contract for life [at Barcelona], as they did with [Andres] Iniesta,” Messi said in an interview with the ‘Perros de la Calle’ show on Radio Metro. “What I said was that I don’t want a contract that binds me. I don’t want to be here if I’m not happy,” he said.

“I want to compete, perform and keep fighting for targets, not being here simply due to my contract. That is why I don’t like [the idea of binding myself to Barcelona]. But here [at Barcelona], I’d stay here all my life,” he went on to say.

Messi had recently admitted in a sensational revelation that he had wanted to leave Barcelona during his £2.95 m tax row with the Spanish government in 2017 and it was only the lack of offers that kept him at the club. Speaking in an interview with RAC1, the Argentine said, “At that time, with the mess of the treasury, I wanted to leave, not for wanting to leave Barca but wanting to leave Spain.”

“I felt that I was being very mistreated and I didn’t want to stay here. I never had an official offer because everyone knew my idea to stay here,” he had stated. Messi still has two years left in his contract but Barcelona would be hopeful that the five time Ballon d’Or winner can still play for the club at the highest level beyond the 2022 World Cup which is expected to be the Argentine’s last international commitment.

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