Messi will end career at Barca: club president

7 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Messi will end career at Barca: club president

Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann, right, celebrates with forward Lionel Messi after scoring a goal during their Spanish League match against Villarreal at Madrigal Stadium in Villarreal on Sunday. Barcelona won 4-1. — AFP Photo

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that captain Lionel Messi will end his career at the Catalan club, dismissing a report saying the Argentine no longer wishes to renew his current contract when it expires next year, report agencies.

"Messi has said he will end his working and footballing life at Barca," Bartomeu told Spanish network Movistar after his side beat Villarreal 4-1 away on Sunday in La Liga.

"I'm not going to explain the details because we are focused on the competition and we are negotiating with many players but Messi has explained to us that he wants to stay and so we're going to enjoy him for much longer."

"I saw the game in Bilbao and although I don't like to say it, I'll repeat that VAR is not being used as it should be," added Bartomeu.

"Since the season returned after the COVID-19 crisis it has not been equal, that has been reflected in the results and it looks as if it always favours the same team.

"VAR should be there to help out the referee but in the last few weeks everyone has been able to see the instances in which it has not been used fairly."


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