Messi not re­tir­ing yet – Suarez b

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arcelona striker Luis Suarez has played down sug­ges­tions that his team­mate Lionel messi is near­ing his re­tire­ment from play­ing.

messi said, upon re­ceiv­ing his record sixth bal­lon d’or tro­phy ear­lier this week, that he would be ap­proach­ing the end of his play­ing ca­reer soon.

The Ar­gen­tine su­per­star cel­e­brated his 32nd birth­day last sum­mer and whilst it has not been re­flected in his per­for­mances, there are con­cerns that he is ap­proach­ing the au­tumn of his ca­reer.

Suarez has been team­mates with messi at the Camp Nou since join­ing from Liver­pool in the sum­mer of 2014 and the two have formed part of a dev­as­tat­ing at­tack in the years since.

“I think those com­ments were mis­un­der­stood," Suarez told bein Sports.

“You have to un­der­stand that Leo had just won a new bal­lon d'or [award] at that point, and he was re­ally happy but also ner­vous be­cause he is a hu­man be­ing like ev­ery­one else. that

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