FC Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu says the club is already preparing for a future without Lionel Messi.
Bartomeu is adamant they won’t be caught out when Messi eventually leaves.
He told AP: “We are preparing this post-Messi era.
“In the next coming two or three seasons our leader will continue to be Leo Messi.
“But it’s true that there are other young players who are coming. Players coming from abroad, but also players coming from our La Masia (academy). And we are very happy because we are preparing this post-Messi era.”
“Leo Messi’s contract finishes in 2021,” he said. “But surely it will be the will of all parties involved, if he feels strong and with ambition, to extend this contract indefinitely.
“I always make a comparison with Pele. Pele was a man of a single club (in Brazil) … I have no doubts that after Messi finishes his career as footballer he will remain linked to this club for the rest of his life.”