Reports in Catalonia suggest that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is still in awe of staying at the Camp Nou after meeting newly appointed head coach Ronald Koeman.
Leo should stay at Barca
Leo Messi must be convinced that Barcelona remains the right club for him, said ex-team-mate Deco. Leo’s future has been the subject of new supposition since last week’s humiliating 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich. Reports in Catalonia suggest that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is still in awe of staying at the Camp Nou after meeting newly appointed head coach Ronald Koeman. Roland replaced the ill-fated Quique Setien, and Eric Abidal has also stepped down from his post as sporting director. Speaking to reporters, ex-Barça, Porto and Chelsea player Deco called on Barça to tidy up their home or face an unbearable reality.” I don’t know if Leo Messi will leave, but he has a deal,” Deco said.
Messi is the best player in Barca history
“He’s a player who wants to keep winning, and it will depend on what Barça does when it comes to providing him an ambitious team. I haven’t spoken to him, but I’m sure he thinks so. I think Messi has to think about his future at a sporting level. It is challenging to decide because we are talking about the club of his life; it’s not that he’s been at Barça for three or four years. “He is the best player in the club’s history, and his family is connected with the city. It is not easy, but it is also clear that he wants to keep winning. We cannot imagine Barça without Leo, but it can happen.” 35 – Lionel Messi scored against 35 different clubs in the Champions League, two more than the next best Cristiano Ronaldo.
Whatever Messi decides to take his next move, Deco at least feels that the unfinished side of Barcelona happened on a safe pair of hands in the Dutchman. “He is a manager who knows the club very well and has a lot of experience,” he added. “He knows the whole Barça environment, and I think he can help Barça.” Another former Barcelona star, Ronaldo, doubts the club will let Messi leave and eventually beat him around from any doubts. “It is doubtful that Messi will leave Barcelona, especially with the financial crisis in Europe,” he said. “Messi is the team’s reference, and if I were Barcelona, I would never let him go.”