Messi reiterates Barca desire
Lionel Messi has reiterated his desire to stay with Barcelona for the rest of his career.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 26/01/09 11:35am
Lionel Messi has reiterated his desire to stay with Barcelona for the rest of his career, but has recognised that could be beyond his control in years to come as Ronaldinho's summer exit to AC Milan proved.
The Argentine was good friends with the Brazilian and had to watch as his team-mate became disillusioned with life at Camp Nou after it became clear that the club no longer wanted him.
While Messi is hopeful that will never happen to him he knows that one or two bad seasons and the Blaugrana could well seek to cash in on him.
"I hope to spend my entire career with Barcelona and hope that the club does not decide to sell me in later years, like they did with Ronaldinho," he told Catalunya's Canal 33.
"He was an important player that gave so much to Barca, but in the end everything went wrong for him.
"I arrived here when I was very young. I have spent all my career here and hope I never leave and that Barcelona do not say that they do not want me any more.
"I know it is not impossible (that one day he could leave) though. Look what happened with Ronnie. He was not happy last year and that is because he knew that he was not wanted."
Messi then stated that he would not be tempted to follow in other players' footsteps and seek to move in order to earn more money.
"I will not go to Chelsea, or Inter (Milan) or (Real) Madrid," he added.
"I do not understand what is being said. Why do I have to clarify something that is not true? I think that people clearly know what I think.
"At 13 I came here and the club gave everything to me and my family. I am really happy here. The truth is that I have all I could need and do not want for anything.
"I know clearly that I never want to join another club."