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Carles Puyol says Lionel Messi can play until he’s 38

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The club need to ‘win as much as possible with him’

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Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has been talking about Lionel Messi and reckons the GOAT can play until he’s 38.

Messi will turn 33 in June and whether we like it or not (and we really don’t) is heading towards the end of his incredible career.

The captain has acknowledged as much himself recently in his Ballon d’Or acceptance speech after winning the award for a record sixth time.

However, Puyol says Messi still has plenty of years left in him and has urged Barca to win as much as they can while he’s still around.

“Messi is 32 and a player who takes care of himself like Leo does can play until he’s 38,” he said.

”Why are we talking about a Barcelona without Messi when he’s here now?

”What we have to do is try to win as much as possible with him.”

Source | Marca

Messi said at the Ballon d’Or ceremony that he hopes to “keep playing for many more years” but also accepted that much would depend on how he felt physically.