Lionel Messi ended a summer of speculation surrounding a potential move away from Barcelona by re-affirming his commitment to the club.

"I am becoming more and more clear that I want to retire here. Especially for how I feel about the club. Then, as a family, how happy we are here. For not changing my children's friendships, I don't want to break those," said Messi.

There were rumors that Messi could one day return to his childhood club of Newell's Old Boys.

"Experiencing Argentinian football, which is very different from anywhere else in the world, but you have to think more about your family than what you want [individually]."