There is almost nothing on the football field which can bother Lionel Messi. But it is thought of the life after football which is troubling the Argentine.
Lionel Andres Messi. The little magician from Rosario has destroyed the defenders, has thrown the tactics of legendary managers out of the window and has become arguably the best football player of all time.
The 5.5 ft winger has done it all by donning the Blaugrana jersey for the last 19 years. Little Leo moved to Barcelona when he was just 11. The Catalan club decided to pay for his treatment of growth hormone deficiency. Since then, Messi has spent his entire life in Barcelona has broken records for fun.
Messi’s post-retirement troubles?
The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner is enjoying another successful season in Spain and Europe. Despite being 30, age has hardly slowed him down. But time doesn’t stop for anyone and Leo knows that he will have to retire one day and the thought of post-retirement life is frustrating the Barcelona No. 10.
“Everyone says it is very difficult and I have no doubt about that. It is very difficult not to have the routine of training, playing. I do not know what I’m going to do, where to live.” Said the Argentine during an appearance on America TV’s La Cornisa.
“I would like to do everything that I could not, but I do not know if it’s going to be in Barcelona, Rosario. I do not know what I’m going to do.”
Messi’s concerns are reasonable as his native country is currently facing numerous crime-related problems.“I suffer and I feel sorry that today Argentina is as it is. The reality of the country, the insecurity.”
The Barcelona talisman also expressed his wish to return to his homeland after missing out on the life in Argentina in his childhood. “I look at the future, I think about being able to return to Rosario and enjoying my city because I could not do so as a kid, I had to come here, something I do not regret, but I’m worried.”
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“Robberies are all over the world, but it’s crazy that something more could happen to you.
“I know it’s impossible [these days], but I remember that I went out all day to the street and nothing would happen.”
Lionel Messi has scored 25 league goals this season. The attacker will now be a part of Argentina’s squad for the international friendlies against Italy and Spain.
Messi’s wish to return to his country is understandable as he had to sacrifice a lot to reach the top of the mountain. The Argentine deserves a happy and stress-free post-retirement life for all the hard work he has done so far. But before he retires, we hope to see the little magician surprising us every time he receives the ball at his feet.