Lionel Messi has been tipped to finish his career in Argentina and not in Barcelona by former teammate, Javier Mascherano.
Messi’s current contract is set to run out in June 2021. There have been talks of an extension but nothing has been finalized yet.
The 32-year-old is still firing on all cylinders for Barca and continues to be their most influential player. He has collected 14 goals and 6 assists in 15 La Liga appearances this season. While his professional nemesis, Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be slowing down from his dominant self in Italy with Juventus, Messi is still shouldering Barca’s hopes through this tricky spell.
Mascherano has not ruled out a reunion with Messi back in Argentina. The former is currently on the books of Estudiantes de La Plata. He said, “Anything can happen in the world of football and it depends on his desire to play in Argentina. There’s also the family aspect when he decides to live over here. These are personal issues and no one else can influence them. If he decides to come here in the future, it’d be a huge jump in quality for our league and the country.”
Mascherano also pointed just how big Messi’s return would be to Argentina. He added, “(My return) would be nothing compared to Leo’s. He’s the best player in the world.”