Messi retirement date not so far away, says Valverde

Ernesto Valverde said the football world must become accustomed to the possibility that Lionel Messi will resign sooner rather than later, including that he will treasure having the option to advise individuals he had the option to Coach the Argentine.

Messi a top no.1 player in the world was delegated world player of the year for a record 6th time when he got the Ballon d’Or in Paris on Monday and set alerts ringing by saying in his words “you enjoy these moments more because my retirement is getting nearer.

Ernesto Valverde practice times – FC Barcelona

Valverde told in front of the preas of his side’s La Liga game at home to Real Mallorca on Saturday. Saying “It’s something natural, it seems normal, Leo is 32-years-old and although I don’t think he’s thinking about retiring now it’s something which is in the air,

“But I don’t think we should go crazy about it, we have to look at it naturally. Everyone thinks about retirement when they get to a certain age, but just because he’s thinking about it doesn’t mean he’s going to retire in the next three days.”

Valverde included that he may just start to genuinely value Messi’s enormity in a couple of years’ time, contrasting the forward’s effect on the game as that of the late Argentine Alfredo di Stefano, who drove Real Madrid to five back to back European Cups.


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