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Lionel Messi contemplates retirement: "When I can't perform anymore."

Posted : 27 March 2024

Lionel Messi has openly discussed the possibility of retiring from football, acknowledging that he will recognize the right moment to do so. Despite his current tenure at Inter Miami in the MLS, Messi expressed surprise at his departure from Barcelona in 2021, a club where he enjoyed numerous successes.

Reflecting on his illustrious career, which includes captaining Argentina to victory in the 2022 World Cup and winning his record-breaking eighth Ballon d'Or in 2023, Messi, now 37, emphasized his self-awareness regarding his performance and enjoyment on the field.

Messi stated, "When I feel that I can no longer contribute to my team or derive joy from playing, I will retire." He emphasized his self-critical nature, asserting that age will not be the determining factor in his decision to step away from the game.

The legendary forward admitted that he has yet to formulate plans for life after retirement, preferring to focus on cherishing the present moments without contemplating the future.

During his 17-year tenure at Barcelona, Messi experienced unparalleled success, clinching 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies. However, his departure from the club in 2021 amidst financial turmoil was a challenging transition for him.

Messi revealed his initial reluctance to leave Barcelona and the subsequent challenges of adapting to a new league, club, and environment at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

The abrupt change forced Messi to swiftly adjust to a new reality, presenting unforeseen challenges both personally and professionally as he navigated life beyond Barcelona.




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