Retirement is usually an uncomfortable conversation for most. Even the great Lionel Messi. Messi is bracing himself for the “difficult” transition into retirement, with the Barcelona star unsure how he will occupy himself or where he will live.
Messi moved to Barcelona from his hometown of Rosario in Argentina as an 11-year-old, with the club’s willingness to pay for expensive growth hormone treatments well-documented. Those injections helped Messi to develop like any other child would have and, although he remained more diminutive than many of his contemporaries, his physical stature eventually stopped being a weakness and he blossomed in La Masia.
He has since gone on to win a record five Ballon d’Or‘s and become arguably one of the greatest players of all time, while he has the record of 542 official goals for the club is 310 more than anyone else has ever managed at Barca.
“Everyone says it is very difficult and I have no doubt about that,” he said during an appearance on America TV’s La Cornisa. “It is very difficult not to have the routine of training, playing. I do not know what I’m going to do, where to live. I would like to do everything that I could not, but I do not know if it’s going to be in Barcelona or Rosario. I do not know what I’m going to do.”
Part of Messi’s uncertainty appears to stem from the current social problems in Argentina.