Lionel Messi, Argentine forward, has hinted of retiring from football in the coming years suggesting that age is fast catching up with him, ABC News can report.
The Barcelona talisman, who received his sixth Ballon d’Or award at a ceremony in France, was excited about what he has been able to achieve in his career and stated that he hopes to win more in the remaining years of his playing career.
Messi, 32, who first received the award at age 22, noted how fast he has aged since he first walked unto the stage to collect the award.
“Ten years ago, I received my first Ballon d’Or in Paris, I remember I came with my two brothers, I was 22-years-old and it was unthinkable to live what I was living. Now I have just received my sixth, at a very different time, I am with my wife and my sons,” the Barca number 10 told the gathering.
He added, “In all this time I never stopped dreaming, wanting to keep improving day by day. I hope that I have many years left. I am aware of how old I am and that retirement is near, but I have several more years left although everything happens very quickly.”
“I want to continue enjoying football, with my family and my teammates,” Messi said whiles appreciating them for their contribution to his success.
— France Football (@francefootball) December 2, 2019
Even though Messi has failed on countless occasions to achieve anything significant with his national side, Argentina, he has found glory in Catalonia with Barcelona.
The ‘magician’ as he is nicknamed beat Virgil Van Dijk and bitterest rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 5 Ballon D’Or to his name, to win the prize this year.