Messi's apparent retirement hint was misunderstood – Suarez

By Sports Desk December 05, 2019

Lionel Messi's apparent hint at retirement was "misunderstood", according to Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez.

Messi, 32, said "the moment of withdrawal is approaching" after winning a record sixth Ballon d'Or on Monday, leading to retirement talk.

However, Suarez believes the Argentina star's comments were misunderstood, backing the forward to play for years to come.

"[Messi] amazes me because he is a one-off and is making history," Suarez told beIN SPORTS.

"As a friend and team-mate, [the Ballon d'Or] makes me happy and proud because it's a beautiful moment for him.

"[His comments] were misinterpreted. When someone wins a Ballon d'Or they are happy but also nervous.

"Leo is a human being and gets nervous like the rest of us. He wanted to say he might have to contend with retiring in a couple of years.

"It was misunderstood, but I'm sure Leo Messi will continue for a long while yet."

Suarez has starred for Barca since arriving from Liverpool in 2014, but the 32-year-old has also been linked with a move away despite being contracted until 2021.

The Uruguay international said he would do what was best for the LaLiga champions, who sit top of the table.

"If they bring in a new team-mate for me to compete with, that's the same pressure as having to play every three days," Suarez said.

"And I have to be thinking about the future of the club – as a fan of the club, I have to think about the future, and maybe the best thing is if they sign a young or an established player to carry the torch as Barcelona's number nine."

Related items

  • Katai leaves Galaxy following 'racial and violent' posts made by his wife Katai leaves Galaxy following 'racial and violent' posts made by his wife

    Aleksandar Katai has left LA Galaxy by mutual consent following "racial and violent social media posts" made by his wife.

    The Galaxy on Wednesday strongly condemned Tea Katai for her posts about Black Lives Matter protestors, who took to the streets in the United States and far beyond following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

    Serbia midfielder Katai's wife was asked to remove the Instagram posts immediately by the MLS franchise.

    Katai, who only joined the Galaxy at the end of last year, stated that his wife's "unacceptable" posts would not be tolerated by his family.

    The 29-year-old added that he took full responsibility for his wife's actions and was sorry for the pain caused to the "Galaxy family and all the allies in the fight against racism."

    Katai will be in the market for a new club, though, as the Galaxy confirmed his departure in a brief one-line statement released on Friday.

  • Footballer killed on bloody Wednesday in Jamaica Footballer killed on bloody Wednesday in Jamaica

    Eight persons, including a Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) footballer, were murdered and five others were shot and injured in a number of incidents across Jamaica on Wednesday.

    The day started off on a sombre note with the murder of two men at Payton Place in Hermitage, St Andrew.

    According to the police, at about 7:50 am, the men — Demar Francis, a 36-year-old furniture maker; and 25-year-old labourer Robert Clarke — who are reportedly siblings, were killed when men armed with rifles and handguns entered their premises and opened fire, hitting them all over their bodies.

    Both victims were taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

    As the day unfolded, there were other murders committed: one in Bethel Town, St Ann; one in Cyril Gully, St James; another murder, that of 28-year-old Clarence Johnson of a Manchester address in Race Track, Clarendon at about 6 pm; then yet another, of 57-year-old Desmond Prince in Diamond district in Buff Bay, Portland at about 8:45 pm.

    Then there was another double murder, that of Jaleel McLean of a Kingston 13 address and 22-year-old Shemar Nairne, a Premier League footballer who last represented Dunbeholden FC, of Southborough, Portmore. The crime took place in Greenwich Town, St Andrew.

    Both men were reportedly on Eight Street in Greenwich Town when they were pounced upon by unknown assailants who opened fire, killing them. Three other persons were shot in that incident.

    There were also two other incidents of shooting, one in Text Lane in Central Kingston, and a shooting in Bamboo River, St Thomas.

    Nairne formerly represented Harbour View FC and Vere United in the Red Stripe Premier League and was hailed by Harbour View on the club’s Facebook page.

    “RIP to our former player, Shemar ‘Shakey’ Nairne, who tragically died following a Greenwich Town shooting…??,” said Harbour View in a post.

    “Shemar played for us in the 2018-19 season in 14 games, scoring three goals. He transferred back to Vere United in August 2019, then to Dunbeholden FC in January 2020.

    “Our sincere condolences to his family, friends, teammates and loved ones, as well as to the other victims?Shine on, Shakey,” the East Kingston-based club added.

  • Refocused Bailey hoping for another chance to light up Bayern Refocused Bailey hoping for another chance to light up Bayern

    Fresh from an enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jamaica international Leon Bailey will be hoping to have a telling impact against runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, similar to when the teams last met.

    In a surprise 2-1 win for Bayer Leverkusen, it was the speedy winger who found the back of the net twice.  Bailey opened the scoring after sprinting onto Kevin Volland’s neat through ball, tore past David Alaba and Benjamin Pavard to unleash a right-footed thunderbolt beyond the outstretched glove of Manuel Neuer. Thomas Muller equalised but another lightning counterattack immediately afterward, saw Volland tee up Bailey again, this time to score a left-footed rocket.

    More than two months after the fixture was scheduled to be played, the teams will meet on Saturday at BayArena.  The layoff has been a time of frustration for both players and fans alike, but the Jamaican reveals that he also took the time to reflect.

    “From a mental perspective, coping with the lockdown was a bit chill for me because I had my family here,” Bailey told inews.

    “It gave me a lot of time to reflect on everything that I needed to concentrate on more and, you know, just reflect on who I am.”

    The winger had struggled to get going early season, his progress disrupted by injury, and then two red cards.

    “To come back from injury is always a difficult thing to do. I’ve overcome it a lot of times, I’ve come back, I’ve scored goals and been [there] in important moments for the team, giving assists. So I’ve overcome them, it’s just for me to keep that going in a steady way.”

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.