Spanish Primera Liga

No Premier League plans for Messi

March 17, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Three-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi says he has no plans to play in the Premier League as he wants to spend the rest of his career at Barcelona.

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GettyImagesLionel Messi: Wants to end career at Barca

Messi has won the Spanish Primera Liga five times and the Champions Leagues on three occasions since moving to the Catalan club from Argentina in 2000.

The 24-year-old forward believes Barca are one of the greatest club sides of all time and although he likes to watch English football, will not be heading to the Premier League any time soon.

"It's a league I like," he said. "I have friends that are playing there and I follow it as and when I can. Players I like are Kun Aguero and [Wayne] Rooney. These are two players that I like," Messi told Sky Sports.

"The truth is my idea has been to always stay in Barcelona and see out the rest of my career here. Like I always say, one doesn't know what can happen in the future but if it were up to me to decide, I would stay at Barcelona."

The former Newell's Old Boys youngster added that he had never seen a team play better football than the present Barcelona side.

"I didn't see the other great teams that people say have existed throughout history," Messi said. "Mainly because of my age, I wasn't old enough to have seen the great teams that we are compared with.

"From what I have seen I think it [the current Barca side] is the best, but I can't really compare [older great teams] as I don't know enough about the others."