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Barcelona confirm they are preparing for life without Lionel Messi

Imagine Barcelona without Lionel Messi

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that the club are preparing for life without talisman Lionel Messi.

The Catalan giants may have housed some incredible talent over the years but we’re reaching an end of an era.

Xavi left the club back in 2015 while Andres Iniesta left at the end of the last campaign.

Now, the attention turns to other players who are slowly approaching the end of their careers.

One of those is Lionel Messi, who will turn 32 in June.

While he’s still got at least a few years left at the top level, the day when Messi retires is slowly approaching.

Now, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted the club are already preparing for life without him.

Pablo Fornals

BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 02: Lionel Messi of Barcelona takes on Pablo Fornals of Villareal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou on December 2, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

“We have to prepare the club for the future”

Bartomeu explained that everyone knows one day Messi will decide it’s time to retire.

As a club, Barcelona have the responsibility to bring in ‘great young players’ to continue their ‘era of success’ after Messi and the current crop are gone.

“I know one day Lionel will say he’s retiring,” Bartomeu explained to Guillem Balague on his 5 live podcast. 

“We have to prepare the club for the future. 

“We are bringing great young players to the team because we need to continue this era of success. That’s our responsibility.

“My mandate will be finished in two seasons. So I need to leave the club in a great position and tell the new president ‘that’s our legacy’.”

 

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Barcelona’s Gerard Pique claims Sergio Ramos should’ve seen red in El Clasico

In the short term, however, the club are concentrating on more success.

Their quest for trophies took a dramatic turn on Wednesday when they faced off against Real Madrid.

There was much controversy in relation to Sergio Ramos who could have been sent off.

Now, Gerard Pique has also claimed Sergio should have seen red.

Click here to see what he had to say. 

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