Luis Garcia sees no reason why it would not be possible for Lionel Messi to continue playing until 2025, given how he adapted his career.
Lionel Messi could potentially play at the highest level for another 5 years, according to the former Liverpool and Barcelona midfielder Luis Garcia.
Messi ‘s future has once again come under uncertainty amid reports that he wants to leave Barca when his contract expires in 2021, although club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident that the Ballon d’Or ‘s six-time winner will remain.
Messi is going to be 34 by the time his new contract runs out, but in 2019-20 he remains the most imperious attacking player in LaLiga, with 22 goals and 19 assists placing him at the top of both.
Garcia, who left Barca in 2004 to join Liverpool just as Messi broke into the first team at Camp Nou, hopes his ability to adapt will keep Argentina’s star going until he’s nearly 40 years old.
“Why not? It’s impressive how he plays, adapting his style to the game,” said Garcia, courtesy of LaLiga (via Yahoo Sport from the UK).
“Every year, he shows us something different, but he maintains the same amount of goals, of aids. He’s adapting, he’s not spending so much time upfront because he knows it’s tougher, so he’s dropping a little bit more. He demonstrates why he’s so smart. He tailors his game to the needs of the team in every game. I could easily see him playing in 2025!”
Barcelona faces a derby match with Espanyol on Wednesday realizing that a victory this season is vital to their LaLiga hopes.
Quique Setien ‘s side sits four points behind Real Madrid ‘s leaders, who have the best record head-to-head, with just four games remaining.