Some time ago, FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed that he hoped that Lionel Messi would stay at Camp Nou forever. Lionel Messi is 32 years old and two years ago signed a contract until 2021. But Bartomeu had planned to re-offer a new contract containing a contract extension.
“We want him to have a very long career so that we can continue to enjoy it. Lionel managed to break the boundary. Everyone admires him and he gets applause at other stadiums from rival’s supporters,”
“Messi is one man club. This is more than what he did in the field. His relationship with Barca will last forever. I use the example of Pele, who is always at Santos. We want Messi to always be at Barca, either by playing or relating to the club when he retires,” Bartomeu said
The hope of the president seems to be welcomed by Lionel Messi. This Argentine man also revealed that he did not want to leave FC Barcelona. Amid the news that he was afraid of challenges, Messi denied saying that this was not a matter of challenge or rivalry with certain players.
Reporting from The Sun, Messi said,
“There is no better place than FC Barcelona. If I’m not here, then I won’t be on any team,”
“Barcelona is the best team in the world, the best city in the world. My children already have many friends here. Therefore, I don’t need to go anywhere,”
“I struggled to win everything. No need to go anywhere to prove everything. “
However, is it right if those extraordinary words are the only reason for Messi not to leave Barcelona? In fact, Messi has several other reasons why he loves Barcelona so much. He has his own story not to leave the club that has raised his name.
Lionel Messi will never leave FC Barcelona because he knows, El Barca has really saved his career. Former Barcelona Academy Director Josep Colomer believes that Messi will never leave Catalan.
Colomer is one of the people who contributed to bringing Messi to Barca at the age of 13 years. After more than 15 years have passed, La Pulga has become the greatest footballer in the world. Five FIFA Ballon d’Or titles become the valid proof of the greatness of El Messiah on the field.
When first brought to FC Barcelona, Messi had a body that was far smaller than the children on his age. He was diagnosed as having abnormalities in his growth hormone. The treatment reportedly reaches 1,000 pounds per month when he was borne by FC Barcelona.
Not only dealing with hormonal disorders, but Messi was also forged to have stronger muscles and bones. Because with abnormalities and therapies, Messi is vulnerable to injury. Therefore, the extraordinary sacrifice of El Barca to really get Messi will never be forgotten.
Besides the extraordinary story, Messi also never thought about money problems with Barcelona. If other clubs try to hijack Messi with large funds, then it will be in vain. For players with back number 10, Barcelona is a very extraordinary thing. With payments received at this time, Messi and his family already feel happy.
Moreover, the Barcelona president once said that he would give whatever Messi wanted as long as he wanted to continue to survive in Barcelona. He was even ready to make Messi the highest paid player to keep playing at the Camp Nou.
The last reason why Messi will never leave FC Barcelona is, Messi does not want Barca to lose his title. Although it is somewhat arrogant, it is indeed true. If Messi leaves, Barcelona will lose its ‘face’.
In the philosophy of the game of Barcelona flows through himself. If he moves, Barca will be a different team. Messi is a part of Barcelona. If Messi leaves, Barcelona will lose half their lives. Messi will always be the main reason why FC Barcelona is so popular throughout the world.