The speculations surrounding the future of Barcelona captain Lionel Messi keep growing like a huge cloud over his head and it continues to keep the club's fans worried and in the dark. The captain's long-term stay at the Camp Nou is still under huge question and it is believed that he will no longer spend more years at the club.
However, there is still a large section of fans who believe that he may well still be at the club for more years to come despite the continued rumors and speculations.
The fact that the Argentina international superstar attempted to leave the club at the end of last season is enough reason to be scared of losing the legendary attacker as a Barcelona fan, but there could be a glimmer of hope to hold on to, with a couple of people now coming out to reiterate that Messi could still remain at the club.
Messi's former teammate at club and international level, Javier Mascherano, has joined the list of those who believe the Argentine could remain at the club.
Mascherano said he knows Messi very well from when they were both teammates playing for both Argentina and Barcelona. He said that Messi may have been very much prepared to depart the Nou Camp at the end of last season, but a lot has changed since then and he may well spend a few more years and eventually end his football career at the Spanish Capital.
According to Mascherano, the recently concluded presidential election is one that everyone looked forward to and since it has been concluded, it brings some sort of calmness and balance to the club. He also said that Messi's close relationship with the newly elected president, Joan Laporta would play a huge role in convincing the six-time Ballon d'Or winner to remain at the club.