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Messi hints he may one day leave Barca

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has given the strongest hint yet he could consider leaving Barcelona, saying in an interview published in Ole newspaper on Tuesday ‘things can change a lot in soccer’.

The four-time World Player of the Year, who joined Barca’s academy at the age of 13, has not been at his scintillating best over the past 18 months and has also had problems with the Spanish tax authorities.

Now 27, Messi probably has at least five years left at the top of the game and if the right offer was made, likely to be a world record fee in excess of 100 million euros, it is not inconceivable he could quit Barca.

Probed about his future plans, Messi told Ole he was living ‘in the present’ and was focusing on winning titles with Barca after failure to secure major silverware in 2013-14. ‘After that we’ll see. Things can change a lot in soccer. While I have always said I would like to stay there (at Barca) forever, sometimes things don’t work out the way you would like,’ Messi said.
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