All that’s missing in Lionel Messi’s renewal is the official announcement from the club that the contract has been signed.
The Copa America champion will extend his stay at the Camp Nou for another five years, which will allow Barcelona to rest easily with peace of mind knowing that their greatest ever player’s future is safe.
As well as that, it will give Messi the chance to further grow his own legend before hanging up his boots or moving to MLS. But what’s left for him to achieve?
The World Cup and the Champions League: The priorities
There’s nothing Messi wants more than to win the World Cup with Argentina and the Champions League with Barcelona.
Winning the Copa America has only temporarily quenched his thirst, but now he sees the World Cup as more winnable than ever before. And if Joan Laporta delivers on his promise to build a competitive team at Barcelona, maybe he can conquer Europe once again as well.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to have come close to Messi during his career, and both have won an impressive number of Ballon d’Ors. Messi has six to the Portuguese’s five, and it’s unlikely that the Juventus forward will get another.??Messi, though, could get a seventh this year.
The two are also close when it comes to Champions League goals, though Messi trails Cristiano by 16 and it looks hard for the No.10 to close that gap.
Lionel Messi, because of his age and career, aspires to be the player that has won the most La Ligas. The Argentine has won it 10 times, but one of the biggest names in Madrid history, Paco Gento, won it 10 times.
Increasing his honours in Europe will surely increase his goal tally. Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the player who has scored the most goals in the Champions League. Messi has scored 114 compared to Ronaldo’s 127.
obviously this is the world cup, and i think they are favorites. players like martinez in goal and de paul behind him with lisandro up front. i think they are much stronger all over the field. Romero is like the kind of defenders argentina had before messi joined the team, martinez will have a big test tmr vs City. For me tho the only thing he has to achieve is to retire at fc barcelona. odds are on sportsbetting3. com but i do not see any other place to end his career. i know he wants to live there long term, he made so many friends here and its his 2nd home, maybe even his 1st.