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Barca Planning For Life Without Messi

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that he is working on a plan for when Lionel Messi is no longer with the club.

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The Argentine has been a part of Barcelona's fabric since breaking into the senior team in 2003, and is widely regarded as one of football's greatest-ever players.

The forward has made 687 appearances for the Blaugrana thus far, and is the club's all-time leading goalscorer with 603 goals, which includes a record 419 strikes in LaLiga.

The 32-year old is now nearing the back-end of his career, however, and Barca president Bartomeu has admitted the club is putting plans in place for when the forward retires from the game.

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"We think it is our obligation to work on the post-Messi era," the club president told Reuters.

"We are thinking about a post-Messi era because we are bringing in new players.

"We have to think about this changing era when Messi will give up playing football but, as president, I hope that he is going to have many years playing with us still."

Messi has not given any indication that he plans to retire any time soon, though, and the legendary forward is considered a strong contender to win a record sixth Ballon d'Or title in December. 

Read: 'Neymar Would Prefer Real Over Barca'

Messi scored 51 goals in 50 appearances for Barcelona last season, which was his sixth highest return in a single season for the club.

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