‘Messi must follow his heart’ – Uncontracted star backed by Barcelona’s return to fame
Lionel Messi should follow his heart and stay with Barcelona with the Blaugrana hoping to return to his former glory this summer, according to his former Argentine teammate Franco Di Santo.
Speculation about Messi’s future remains in turmoil as the number 10 mercurial contract expires in late June. In the summer of 2020 after a public downfall with the club hierarchy.
That means a meeting with Real Madrid on Saturday at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium would be his last classic if he chooses to leave the Camp Nou behind.
Goal he understands that the 33-year-old is completely dismissing the situation around his future until the end of the season Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter remain linked to his signing.
Former Chelsea striker Di Santo said it would be interesting to see the Golden Ball win six times in a new winning scenario, but would like to continue in Catalonia.
What was said?
Only talking GoalDi Di says: “He deserves respect for everything he has won at the club in Barcelona. He is a team player, but a big part of his new history is about him.
“I don’t think they would have won so much without him. He’s the key to everything in Barcelona. And his style of play. He deserves to be respected for what he has won in recent years.
“It would be great for anyone who joins perfectly or in Italy. It would be great to see it in a different context.
“However, I would like to stay in Barcelona to build its heritage.
“If I were him, I would put aside what people say and do what my heart tells me. I would do my best for my family and myself. Maybe that’s to strengthen Barcelona again.”
Is Messi still the best player in the world?
Despite the mediocre start to the season and the appearance of new stars like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, Messi’s latest form suggests that he is not ready to give the crown to be the best player in the world without a fight.
He has scored 16 goals and seven assists in 13 league games since the end of the year. Messi has taken Barca to the Spanish title race. With Ronald Koeman’s side, one point ahead of Atletico Madrid’s leaders there are still nine games to go.
The Blaugrana have also reached the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Club on 17 April.
Thus, the home double is available to Messi, and Di Santo believes his latest mold remains at the top of the game world.
“It’s also amazing that Di Santo meets Messi, because he’s (another) idol (from Argentina) with (Diego) Maradona,” Di Santo added. “With him I think they are the two best players in our history.
“We’ve created a lot of good players, but those two are the best we’ve had.
“I think Messi is one of the best players, if not the best, right now. We are always happy to have him on our team. It will be very difficult to see another player like him in the future.”