Josep Maria Bartomeu stated that Messi has several years left in his playing career.

"I know one day Lionel will say he's retiring" Bartomeu said to Guillem Balague.

Messi has 2 years remaining on his current contract.

Bartomeu, who will step down as Barcelona president in 2021, is looking towards the future in his player signings.

"We have to prepare the club for the future. We are bringing great young players to the team because we need to continue this era of success. That's our responsibility. My mandate will be finished in two seasons. So I need to leave the club in a great position and tell the new president 'that's our legacy'."