Lionel Messi wants to finish his career at Barcelona

Updated: Jan 07, 2012, 22:38 PM IST

Barcelona: Lionel Messi has stated that Barcelona is the best club in the world, and that he wants to finish his career with the Catalan giant.

The Argentina international has won back-to-back Ballon d`Or awards, and is in line to make it three in a row in the FIFA awards in Zurich on Monday.

The diminutive attacker has praised the European champion, and has put his current ability down to his education at La Masia and the tutelage of Pep Guardiola.

"I`m at the best club in the world, no other team could fulfill me as much as Barcelona does. I hope to stay here until they get tired of me, which is hopefully never," he said.

"I grew up at La Masia and I am a man made at Barca. The coach knows the club better than any of us. He was a ball boy, player and now coach. He is very smart, knows what needs to be done at all times and how to treat each player. He is also an excellent motivator. I feel very comfortable with him."

Messi is being touted as one of the best players to have ever played the sport, but the Roasario-born forward believes it is too early to compare him to the past greats.

"I am only 24 years old, I have just started," he said. "I have so much respect for people who have been great, such as [Alfredo] Di Stefano, Pele or [Diego] Maradona.”

"I should be judged when I finish my career because I do not like talking about myself, and I do not plan goals like that."

Messi has won all there is to win in the club game, but also wants success on the international stage, and is hoping for glory with Argentina.

"Di Stefano is a great but never won a World Cup. I will do everything possible to make Argentina world champions," he pledged. "Argentina has top quality players and I`m sure I can repeat the success with the national side. We are getting better every time we meet and play together."

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