Barcelona President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, intends to keep Messi forever, Marca reported.
“We have a long time to enjoy his football life. Lionel has crossed the borders of clubs. Everyone admires him and other stadiums applaud him,” he said.
During the current season, he scored 42 goals and made 21 goal assists in 39 Barca appearances.
There can be little arguing about who the best player in La Liga has been this season.
Indeed, Lionel Messi has probably been the best player in all of Europe.
The Barcelona star has performed at an exceptional level in 2018-19, inspiring the Blaugrana to a potential treble-winning campaign.
Messi has scored 42 goals in all competitions, meaning it’s now 10 straight seasons where he’s netted at least 40 times.
He was particularly impressive in March, scoring eight goals, including a hat-trick, and providing three assists in six matches.
With a blistering hat-trick coming against Real Betis on March 17, there seemed to be only one player in with a chance of winning the La Liga Player of the Month award.
Yet Messi claiming the main award wasn’t guaranteed; since its inception in September 2013, he was only ever won it five times.
Antoine Griezmann has won the La Liga Player of the Month award more times than any other player, with six awards to his name.
Messi is second with five and Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez both have three.
It’s incredible that Messi doesn’t lead the way; he’s regularly the best performer in Spain.
But it’s equally understandable that he can’t be given the award every single year.
The Argentinian’s importance to Barcelona cannot be understated and Ernesto Valverde even admitted after his side’s 4-4 draw against Villarreal that the Blaugrana are dependent on their No.10.
Messi came off the bench to inspire Barcelona from 4-2 down and Valverde admitted that ‘Messidependence’ is real.
“Of course there is ‘Messidependence,’ the Barca boss admitted, per the Mirror. “It would exist in any team in the world, but when he is not there we also have to play and try to win.
“Leo is fundamental for us and marks the style, it is well known that he is the best in the world for something.”