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Messi Makes Retirement Admission

After beating former Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo to a sixth Ballon d'Or earlier this week, FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi made an admission about retirement.

Click through the gallery above to see some images from the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris!

On Monday night, the 32-year-old Argentine was awarded with a record-breaking sixth Ballon d'Or, beating off competition from the likes of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Juventus forward Ronaldo.

Speaking after collecting the prize in Paris, Messi admitted that he feels retirement is not far away now, although he does still feel physically sharp enough to continue for a few more years.

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"I'm aware of how old I am," he told the media, according to CBS Sports.

"And I enjoy these moments so much because I know that retirement is approaching. Time flies.

"I hope, God willing, that I keep playing for many more years. I'm now 32, though, and will be 33 at the end of the season, so, as I said, everything depends on how I feel physically.

"Right now, I feel better than ever on a physical and a personal level, and I hope I can go on for a lot longer."

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Messi, who has missed five matches this season through injury, has scored 11 goals and assisted a further eight strikes in 14 matches across all competitions for the Catalan giants so far in this campaign.

When do you think Messi will hang up his boots? Let us know in the comments section below.

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