At the same time, the mercurial Argentine is still considered at the peak and “representative” of the LaLiga giants.
Messi is on the peak of his career
Leo Messi will thrash out new conditions with Barcelona, despite talking about moving to another place, says Cesar Luis Menotti. At the same time, the mercurial Argentine is still considered at the peak and “representative” of the LaLiga giants. There have been reports that indicate that a talismanic presence at Camp Nou is starting to ask questions about his future. Messi was attached to the contract only until the summer of 2021 and, as they say, postponed discussions on the extension. That has sparked speculation about a switch for six-time Ballon d’Or winner, claiming that the club’s iconic career could have a fantastic turn. However, Menotti is convinced that the fellow countryman will reach a compromise with the Blaugrana, which keeps him in his current surroundings.
If it weren’t for Leo, Argentina would not even go to the last World Cup
The former Barca coach, who is now the director of the Argentine national side, told reporters: “He’s still at his peak. Messi is more representative of the history of Barcelona than Bartomeu. It doesn’t even occur to me that they won’t fix it. Messi does not think about the contract when he goes on the pitch. He is still the same on the field and in his area. I do not think that it is a financial problem. I do not understand it.” Barca has fought for the spark since the restart of competitive actions in Spain, inconsistently seeing how they lose first place in LaLiga to Clasico rivals Real Madrid. Messi has still been their go-to man, having reached 700 career goals in the process.
Menotti believes that those in Catalonia and South America will know that the talismanic captain for the club and country remains as essential as ever.
He added: “It’s obvious that Quique Setien has not yet found his team. But Messi is still the same and not in vain that he achieved 700 career goals. He’s still at the peak, as I said. It’s true that Leo is no longer 18 years old, but not 50. He has a lot of time in front of him. Those who interrogate Messi and say that he does not play for the national team make me laugh. If it weren’t for him, we would not even go to the last World Cup.”