Lionel Messi’s Barcelona Retirement Hint ‘Misinterpreted,’ Says Luis Suarez

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona Retirement Hint ‘Misinterpreted,’ Says Luis Suarez
MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 01: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with Luis Suarez during the Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at Wanda Metropolitano on December 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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Barcelona’s Luis Suarez believes Lionel Messi‘s comments about his potential retirement on receiving his sixth Ballon d’Or have been “misinterpreted.” 

The Argentinian superstar won the prestigious gong for a record sixth time at a ceremony in Paris on Monday, and in his acceptance speech he said “the moment of withdrawal is approaching.”

For many, it was an admission that Messi’s playing days could soon come to an end. 

However, Suarez has said his Blaugrana team-mate still has plenty left to give, per beIN Sports (h/t Goal’s Dejan Kalinic):

[Messi] amazes me because he is a one-off and is making history. 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.”

Messi turned 32 in Jun