Lionel Messi still hungry for Barcelona success as Argentina star celebrates 29th birthday ahead of Copa America final 2016
Lionel Messi is one of football’s most decorated players, and despite winning 28 titles throughout his Barcelona career, the Argentina star is still hungry for more.
The 29-year-old is looking forward to more success with Barcelona and wants to remain at the club for as long as possible.
After making his debut in 2004 aged 17, Messi has scored 312 goals in 348 appearances, becoming Barcelona’s, and La Liga’s, all-time highest scoring player.
Lionel Messi plays a game of keepy-uppy in Barcelona training with Ronaldinho (left) and Samuel Eto’o (centre)
Messi has won 28 honours throughout his Barcelona career – becoming the club’s top scorer in the process
MESSI HONOURS WITH BARCELONA
La Liga: (8)
Champions League: (4)
Supercopa de Espana: (6)
Copa del Rey: (4)
Supercopa de Europa: (3)
Mundial de Clubes: (3)
And the talismanic forward hopes there will be plenty more to come from him at Camp Nou.
‘I feel very good physically and mentally. I am having so much fun every time I go out on the pitch,’ Messi told Sport.
‘I’ve always said I am happy in Barcelona and as long as the club and the people want, I’ll be happy to help them face new challenges.
‘If injuries respect me and I still have some luck, my intention is to play for many more years.’
MSN: Messi (right), Luis Suarez (left) and Neymar (centre) are one of the world’s most prolific attacking trios
Messi is also on the brink of a first senior international title, with Argentina facing Chile in the Copa America Centenario final on Sunday.
Argentina have not won a major senior title since lifting the Copa America title in 1993, and are desperate to get revenge on Chile who defeated them in last year’s final.
The 29-year-old also became his country’s leading goalscorer after finding the net with an incredible free kick against the USA on Wednesday.
Messi scored his 55th goal for Argentina – overtaking Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina’s leading goalscorer