Lionel Messi: Barcelona president confident Argentina forward will stay at club

Lionel Messi didn't hold back with his criticism of his Barca team-mates after they lost out on the La Liga title to Real Madrid


The 33-year-old Argentina forward scored twice as runners-up Barcelona thrashed Alaves 5-0 on the final day of La Liga, landing him the division's top scorer's award for a record seventh time.

บอลวันนี้ "Messi has said many times that he wants to retire here and I have no doubt that he will re-sign," Barca president Bartomeu told Mundo Deportivo.

"Now we are making decisions and the players, if they do not come as part of a player exchange, it is very difficult for them to come," Bartomeu added.

Barcelona face Napoli on August 8 in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 with the score 1-1 from the first match in February.