Lionel Messi makes retirement statement, as he ponders next career step

Lionel Messi celebrates a goal for Inter Miami
Lionel Messi celebrates a goal for Inter Miami (Image credit: Getty Images)

Lionel Messi insists that age will not be a deciding factor in his retirement plans, as he admits that he does not yet have his post-playing career plans mapped out. 

The Argentina legend is currently playing the 21st season of his career, after he followed up 17 years at Barcelona with a two-season stint at Paris Saint-Germain before joining Inter Miami last year. 

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For more than a decade Joe Mewis has worked in football journalism as a reporter and editor, with stints at Mirror Football and LeedsLive among others. He is the author of four football history books that include tomes on Leeds United and the England national team.