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Barca Chief Comments On Messi Exit Rumours

FC Barcelona Chief Comments On Lionel Messi Exit Rumours

By Kurt Buckerfield - Aug 29, 2017 04:02 PM @KurtLaduma

FC Barcelona director Ariedo Braida has addressed rumours that superstar Lionel Messi could quit the Catalan club.

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With his contract expiring at the end of this season, fans and pundits alike have speculated that Messi could look to move on next year.

Braida, who joined Barca as a sporting director in 2015, believes the 30-year-old will ultimately stay at the club, despite being linked with a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

"Talk of Lionel Messi leaving? I don't think so," he told Radio Anch'io Sport.

"Anything can happen in football, but Messi's a great professional and Barcelona are in his heart.

"I don't think he'll leave."

Braida also spoke about how he feels that Andres Iniesta, whose contract also expires out in 2018, will remain a Barca player beyond the transfer window.

"Iniesta to Juventus? No. Barca's players aren't on the market. Iniesta will stay with us," he added.

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Messi has scored two goals in his first two La Liga games of the season, and will captain Argentina when they take on Uruguay and Venezuela in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers early in September.

Do you think Messi will retire at Barca? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Aug 30, 2017 08:50 AM
Messi is barca
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Warras4khosi Aug 29, 2017 10:22 PM
If he(Messi) is not thinking twice why he has not signed on the dotted lines Mr. Braida kungaqhunya kubasiwe
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Sphe644 Aug 29, 2017 09:37 PM
@Ntate Mabaso ,Messi is not banned anymore because Maradona spoke with the fifa afficials and they agreed that Messi would return.
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Dancle Aug 29, 2017 09:24 PM
He said is quiting Argentina when they dnt win america cup im suprise massesi u r a drama Queen
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Ntate Mabasa Aug 29, 2017 09:10 PM
Is Messi not banned to play for Argentina? I remember they banned him some few games for insulting a referee.
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MacG* Aug 29, 2017 07:58 PM
@Maphoru2017 Cristiano Ronaldo was today confirmed as the winner of the 2008 Ballon d'Or, beating competition from Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.Dec 1, 2008 . CR7 was playing for Man United back then
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Sunday funday Aug 29, 2017 07:49 PM
Barca Players aren't the Market but u want other teams players akusafani nakudala manje. Interms of money most of the teams bajamile look @wt happenmd ngo Neymar nisazozwa...
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Maphoru2017 Aug 29, 2017 07:22 PM
Messi must stay with Barcelona,no player won ballon d or accepte Real Madrid and Barcelona player....lets check the history record,if i'm lying tell me
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Dragular Aug 29, 2017 07:15 PM
Messi will never do that because if he go CR7 will say messi ruined away....
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Dragular Aug 29, 2017 07:15 PM
Messi will never do that because if he go CR7 will say messi ruined away....
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Machine_Gun_Killer Aug 29, 2017 06:28 PM
No he won't
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Sello matsephe Aug 29, 2017 06:23 PM
Messi is barca,barca is messi,he aint go anywhere
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Mcgreff Sessions Aug 29, 2017 05:52 PM
Messi for Barca
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Bob Dawana Aug 29, 2017 05:43 PM
Messi is Barca that's all
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wizzo Aug 29, 2017 05:26 PM
A FAMBI MAAN
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Etolla Aug 29, 2017 05:14 PM
Mxm
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STHEMBISO MOLEFE Aug 29, 2017 04:46 PM
Thank you my chief
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clemz7 Aug 29, 2017 04:32 PM
Ok mayb he can leave us if they pay him nice

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