FOOTBALL - Barça Mercato: Lionel Messi, break definitely consummated?

FOOTBALL - Barça Mercato: Lionel Messi, break definitely consummated?

Eager to leave Barça during the summer transfer window, Lionel Messi finally stayed to complete his contract (June 2021). Can this setback allow the future Barcelona leadership to hold back the Argentinian?

Lionel Messi has good reasons to leave Barca

Lionel Messi has stayed at Barca this season against his will. If the six-time Ballon d´Or waits until the end of the season to start free, fans imagine that the departure of Josep Maria Bartomeu could prompt him to reconsider his decision. Indeed, the Rosario native should feel at ease as his nemesis has resigned from the club's management. In addition, all the candidates for the succession of the resigning president ensure that they want to do everything possible to retain Lionel Messi.

But Rivaldo is convinced Barca will fail to hold back the Pulga next season. "I can't imagine the new management able to make him reverse his decision," the former Barcelona player said in Marca. And the 2002 World Cup winner believes he has good reason to think so. “In addition, Messi is going to receive much better offers from other teams. To this, we add that Barcelona will have to reduce their payroll, in addition to the fact that Messi wanted to leave at the end of last season, ”argued the Brazilian.

What means for FC Barcelona to keep the Argentinian?

Despite these arguments, Rivaldo believes Barca still have some chances of retaining Lionel Messi next season. For the former AC Milan player, the Catalan club would have to win the Champions League or La Liga. Another way to keep his captain, Ronald Koeman must be able to "set up a team that plays well in football". And yet, Rivaldo himself remains rather pessimistic about this possibility. "But I insist, I'm afraid this will be his last season at Barcelona," concluded the 1999 BallonOr.

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