Lionel Messi reveals reveals he'll know when it's time to retire but insists age will not be a factor


Lionel Messi will not consider his age as a deciding factor in his retirement plans, the Argentine forward said, adding that he has no clear idea of what he will do when that time comes.

Messi, who played for 17 years at Barcelona before signing for Paris St Germain in 2021 and Inter Miami last year, will turn 37 in under three months but knows for sure that his age will not determine when it is time to hang up his boots.

‘I know that the moment I feel that I am no longer performing, that I am no longer enjoying it or helping my teammates (I will retire),’ Messi told the Big Time podcast in an interview published on Wednesday.

‘When I feel it’s time to take that step, I will do it without thinking about age. If I feel good, I will try to continue competing because it’s what I like and what I know how to do.’

Leo Messi is unsure what the future lies for him in soccer at 36, but is relishing his time in MLS

Leo Messi is unsure what the future lies for him in soccer at 36, but is relishing his time in MLS

The 36-year-old Argentine has not played since March 13 due to a lingering hamstring injury

The 36-year-old Argentine has not played since March 13 due to a lingering hamstring injury

Messi has won everything that there is to be won in soccer after winning the 2022 World Cup

Messi has won everything that there is to be won in soccer after winning the 2022 World Cup

Asked whether he had started to think about what he does next, the record eight-times Ballon D’Or winner had no straight answer.

‘I haven’t thought about it yet. For now, I try to enjoy each day, each moment, without thinking about the future. I don’t have anything clear yet,’ Messi said.

‘I hope to keep playing for a while longer, because that’s what I enjoy. When the time comes, I will surely find the path to what fulfils me and what I like, and a new role.’

Messi missed Argentina’s friendlies against El Salvador and Costa Rica in the United States this month due to a hamstring injury.

He also missed Miami’s league matches against D.C. United (a 3-1 win) and New York Red Bulls (a 4-0 loss) because of the injury. Messi last played in The Herons’ 3-1 win against Columbus Crew in the CONCACAF Champions Cup’s Round of 16. 



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