Maxi Biancucchi, Lionel Messi’s cousin, has suggested to Radio Club Octubre that the ace won’t finish his career in Argentina due to ‘safety issues’, according to ESPN.
The superstar has previously spoken of his desire to play for boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys, Barcelona signed the ace from the Argentine outfit at a young age.
Here’s what Messi’s cousin had to say on the possibility of playing in Argentina:
“If it was not for the safety issues in the country, I would have no doubts about saying he will return to Argentina to play.
“For me — and I have not spoken with him about it — those safety issues could affect his decision to come back.
“It is my dream to see him play for Newell’s but it’s complicated. Imagine if he has to play in a Clasico [Newell’s vs. Rosario Central] and the kids have to go to school… It’s difficult. The city is hell.”
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is contracted with Barcelona until 2021 and has a clause that allows him to leave this summer if he desires.
Barcelona fans see this Messi’s future update as a boost to their hopes that he retires with the La Liga outfit.