Football

Messi has to play until he’s 70 so we can enjoy him

Goal: The former Blaugrana striker is looking for those at Camp Nou to put enough quality around the Argentine that he is not tempted to move on

Samuel Eto’o is looking for Lionel Messi to “play until he’s 70”, with a former Camp Nou team-mate of the mercurial Argentine eager to see Barcelona build “the best team in the world”.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has offered no indication that he will be looking for a way out of Catalunya any time soon.

The one-club man is, however, only tied to a contract through to the summer of 2021 and is yet to commit to fresh terms.

An exit clause has expired in the current campaign, but questions are being asked of how long the 32-year-old forward will stick around in his current surroundings.

Eto’o hopes an all-time great still has many more chapters to write in a remarkable story at Barca, with the former Blaugrana frontman eager to see more top talent drafted in alongside Messi.

He told Marca: “Leo is the best player in the world and the best of all time. I’d always pick the team asking Messi who he wanted next to him, in his team.

“Every team in the world wants Messi. Then, you have to give him support. He can’t run like a 25-year-old kid anymore, although he does sometimes.

“What we have to do as Barcelona fans is give him the best team in the world to keep enjoying him. He has to play until he’s 70 so that we can enjoy him more.”

Quique Setien is the coach currently calling the shots at Camp Nou, but a return to his roots has been mooted for Pep Guardiola.

The Catalan tactician remains at Manchester City for now, but they have the threat of a two-year European ban hanging over them.

It may be that Guardiola is tempted to head back to Barca at some point, with Eto’o a big fan of the 49-year-old’s methods but not his personality.

The ex-Cameroon international said of his former boss: “I stick to what I said, and I’m not the only person who has said it. My experience with Pep at Barcelona was what it was, but on a personal level it wasn’t what we hoped for.

“Many players have said the same about him. As a coach, Pep prepares games like nobody else. How he coached us in 2009 was incredible, his way of seeing attacking football, control, having the ball, rondos, Pep was the best at that.

“As a player, you had the feeling that you didn’t run much, although you did, because you were enjoying it. They are specific techniques for those of us who love good football.

“For me, football is feeling like you’re in a theatre, and seeing tiki-taka, passing the ball, it’s not the only way to win but it’s special. It’s Pep’s way.”

Source: Published by Goal

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Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
3 months ago

I agree

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
3 months ago

Messi will play till he’s old enough to retire but 70 is a joke.

Hassan faruuq opeyemi
Hassan faruuq opeyemi
3 months ago

Lol!!! Is there anyone in the history of football that play till 70.it base on enjoyment. We are enjoying him as all time favorite player.

Anyaechem Benedict
Anyaechem Benedict
3 months ago

It is ridiculous, everyone has its own tenure,when his time end another player will take over from him…but Messi still has 5yrs more

Udeh Dinobi Stanley
Udeh Dinobi Stanley
3 months ago

Some people can be very funny.. How can he be playing even at his old age

Victor Destiny
Victor Destiny
3 months ago

Messi is a legend and we love watching him play. Messi will retire from football one day but retiring at 70 is a joke and highly impossible.

Kazeem Azeez samuel
Kazeem Azeez samuel
3 months ago

I think that is good

Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
3 months ago

Like seriously

Okwu Godswill okechukwu
Okwu Godswill okechukwu
3 months ago

I think that is ok

Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
3 months ago

😊😊

Adepoju oluwapelumi
Adepoju oluwapelumi
3 months ago

Hes going to play to his old age

Friday Marthins
Friday Marthins
3 months ago

That will be niceJ

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
3 months ago

His legs are not getting tired anytime soon.

Ayodeji Adewale
Ayodeji Adewale
3 months ago

Exaggeration!!!!
He can’t play till 70, players are to be built around him

Adebimpe Akinkunmi olalekan
Adebimpe Akinkunmi olalekan
3 months ago

I agree with eto’o but I don’t think Messi will last more than two years

Balogun Toba
Balogun Toba
3 months ago

Nice talk but Messi can’t play till he’s 70

Alex winters
Alex winters
3 months ago

Eto has it right though I doubt Messi can play to he’s 70..

Ajayi akinniyi
Ajayi akinniyi
3 months ago

True talk this messi is something else

Ajayi akinniyi
Ajayi akinniyi
3 months ago

True talk

Oladosu Olumide
Oladosu Olumide
3 months ago

That’s true

Ngozi Tessy
Ngozi Tessy
3 months ago

That’s serious, he’s a fantastic all time best player but playing till 70 years I really dont think so.

Akinlosotu Akinyele
Akinlosotu Akinyele
3 months ago

He’s not really saying he should wait till he turn 70 before retiring, he’s just playing pranks and showing love for Messi and how he’s playing.

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
3 months ago

Yes I totally agree with you if possible he should play till 80yrs it’s hard to find any other player like him.

Arogundade Lawal
Arogundade Lawal
3 months ago

Even when he is more than 70, still enjoying the guy at all times…..messi for life.

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
3 months ago

No nah he can’t play until 70

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
3 months ago

Before 70 his legs would be weak by then

saviour john
saviour john
3 months ago

I seriously doubt if Lionel Mesi can play till the age of 70, but if he does set any record in terms of age, I am sure no one will break it.

Chiemerie Nnam
Chiemerie Nnam
3 months ago

Impossible

Ayorinde Olanrewaju
Ayorinde Olanrewaju
3 months ago

I disagree

Chisom Charles
Chisom Charles
3 months ago

70 not happening at all, he can retire when he wants to

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
3 months ago

I don’t think if Messi will play till 50 not to talk of 70

JOSEPH VICTOR MOSES
JOSEPH VICTOR MOSES
3 months ago

Wow I love to hear this is great news nice one that’s what we want jare God bless you all

Mohammed Nma madiwu
Mohammed Nma madiwu
3 months ago

I support that

adubi oluwafemi samuel
adubi oluwafemi samuel
3 months ago

Nice update

Godwin
Godwin
3 months ago

Messi is really, the best player so far

David omadivi
David omadivi
3 months ago

He woun’t be able to do that

Emeghurhie Efe
Emeghurhie Efe
3 months ago

Lol! Samuel Eto is definitely funny. How do he expects Messi to play till 70? Although he was just kidding or joking. But Messi do need all the help at Barcelona for him to perform better, he is getting old already and soon to retire if not for the competition with Ronaldo or so. He should have rest his boots I think.

Suleiman Abdullahi
Suleiman Abdullahi
3 months ago

Couch or playing joke of the season

Aremoh James Oyewole
Aremoh James Oyewole
3 months ago

Lionel Messi can’t retire at 70 because he started at tender age.

Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
3 months ago

Messi is gifted.he can still play top level football in the next 10 years

Daniel Asoh
Daniel Asoh
3 months ago

What an expensive joke
Someone who is aging quickly
He will soon retire but then become a coach

Uzoh pascal
Uzoh pascal
3 months ago

Messi is no doubt a very great player with exceptional skills.

augustine madu
augustine madu
3 months ago

What !!!! re u kidding me ? 70yrs , that’s not possible please

Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
3 months ago

Playing until 70 is a complete joke, not possible

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
3 months ago

Lol. Though he is G.O.A.T.

Adewole olatunde samuel
Adewole olatunde samuel
3 months ago

Dat is impossible. Messi can still play till late 40 but not 70

Ohakosim Success
Ohakosim Success
3 months ago

Messi is a great player but there’s no way he’s playing till he’s 70, it’s way too much

Utulu Chibuzor Francis
Utulu Chibuzor Francis
3 months ago

Anyway he has tried so much for the club

Akinrinade Akinniyi
Akinrinade Akinniyi
3 months ago

He is a hero he deserve to be honoured before he get too old

Blessing
Blessing
3 months ago

That good