Gerard Pique plans to retire in 2020 to focus on becoming Barcelona president

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Gerard Pique wants to become president of Barcelona when he retires from club football, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The defender, who turns 32 in February, is willing to retire in 2020 in order to push for the role in 2021.

Pique was with the Camp Nou side from 1997-04 as a youth player before joining Manchester United for four seasons. He returned to his home club in 2008 and has been a central part of Barcelona’s defence since.

The Spaniard has won three Champions Leagues as well as a remarkable seven La Liga titles, making him one of the most decorated Barcelona players of all time.

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Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry was very healthy and good for fans, says Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi has labelled his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo as “healthy” and insists that it was good for football fans across the world.

Messi’s relationship with Ronaldo has sometimes appeared strange as the pair turned the annual Ballon d’Or into a personal head-to-head, sharing out every title since 2008 until the pair were pipped by Luka Modric earlier this month.

During Ronaldo’s time with Real Madrid he won two La Liga titles and clinched four Champions League medals. Meanwhile, Messi has a remarkable nine La Liga medals and also four Champions League titles.

Ronaldo’s stunning nine year association with Madrid came to an end in July when the Portuguese completed a transfer to Juventus.

But the 31-year-old Messi insisted he has every respect for Ronaldo and claimed the pair’s time in Spain was a positive for football and for fans worldwide.

“The rivalry with Cristiano was very healthy and good for the fans,” he told Marca.

“I heard the nominees for the Ballon d’Or and I knew I would not be in the fight,” he said about finishing fifth for the Ballon d’Or, with Modric winning the award.

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Lionel Messi hopeful Neymar can make 'complicated' Barcelona return

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Lionel Messi would love to have Neymar back at Barcelona but insists PSG are unlikely to allow their ace talisman leave the club after just one season.

The 26-year-old left the Catalan giants in a record-breaking €222 million transfer to the Ligue 1 champions in the summer of 2017.

The Brazilian spent four successful seasons at the Camp Nou, winning La Liga twice and the Champions League once, before deciding to move on in order to escape the shadows of Messi.

But after just 16 months in the French capital, speculation continues to mount that Neymar is unhappy at Parc des Princes and could yet seek a return to the Blaugrana. However, Messi admits the likelihood of PSG sanctioning the transfer would be very low.

“I see it as complicated,” the Barca captain said in an interview with Marca.

“We would love him to come back for what he means, both as a player and for the locker room.

“We are friends, we have lived very nice moments, others not so much, but we have spent a lot of time together. However, I find it very difficult [for him] to even leave Paris.

“PSG are not going to let Neymar get taken away.”

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