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Before everybody wanted to play for Barca or Madrid: Messi

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The Argentinean superstar knows clubs from other countries are breaking into the football elite thanks to foreign investment

A not-so-long time ago, there were just one or two powerful teams in any of the Top 5 European leagues.

And Barcelona and Real Madrid were two of them.

But now, teams from countries like England, Italy, and France are starting to catch up to the Spanish La Liga giants.

At least this is what Barca’s Lionel Messi believes has happened in the last years.

“There are clubs now with a lot of money and players move for that reason,” he told ESPN.

“Whenever the most money is, that’s where they end up going. Things have changed and now the owners of clubs are multi-millionaires.”

“Before everyone wanted to play for Barca or Madrid, who were the best, but now everything’s tighter and there’s not much of a difference between the teams in Manchester, PSG, Madrid, us, Bayern [Munich], the Italians…”

And because of this, he was asked about if he would ever leave Barcelona.

“I am just thinking about the years that I can keep playing,” he said when asked about what plans he has for retirement,” he explained.

“When the moment comes, I will decide. I want to finish the contract I have and then we will see if I continue or not. It doesn’t worry me right now. [But] the club can be calm [when I am gone] if they keep bringing players through the academy and making good signings.”