BARCELONA – Lionel Messi ends his contract with Barcelona in exactly two months. With the passing of days and weeks, the calm that was imposed around the Camp Nou has given way to a succession of news, speculation and rumors that, inevitably, place the issue of its future in the foreground and among all this the channel Catalan television station TV3 is concluding a report in which former teammates, former coaches and various football characters refer to their continuity, or not, at the Barça club.
A common sentence: Leo will decide what is best for him … But everyone agrees in his hope that this decision happens to continue as a Barça player. Of the advances that the channel has offered, from Guardiola and even Xavi (who offers his less ‘friendly’ speech), through Luis Enrique, Suárez, Ronaldinho or Iniesta, the permanence of the crack at Camp Nou is the desired scenario.
Pep Guardiola does it decisively, solving that “I hope Leo can finish his career at Barça. If you are looking for a habitat you will not find a better one than here.” The one who directed him for four seasons and who, of course, would open the doors wide for him at Manchester City if the Argentine resolved to leave the Camp Nou, remains firm in his desire to continue seeing Messi as a Barça player, although this would make it impossible of recruiting him for his team … That, it is known, is, just in case, attentive to the situation.
“I would love for him to stay for the romanticism that always has to see him dressed in the Barça shirt. As a culer partner I have no doubt,” explained Luis Enrique, who also had him at his command and in an opinion similar to that of the from his great friend Luis Suárez: “I can’t imagine Messi outside of Barça. As a fan of the club and as a friend of his I would tell him not to leave. The best thing for him would be to have a career ending of three, four, five or six years at the club where he has been the happiest. “
“The important thing is that he feels happy wherever he is … but if he could have a whole life at Barça it would be very nice,” revealed Ronaldinho, less forceful than one of his best partners at Barça, Andrés Iniesta who showed his absolute confidence in which Messi “stays and retires at Barça. That is what I would like and I suppose all the culers “.
Among all the known opinions, the one of the former captain and probable future coach, Xavi Hernández, who, hopeful in the renewal of Leo, warned that the important thing “is that he be happy, because with a happy and happy Messi you have more numbers to win. and that everything works “.
But all this without sparing criticism: “Many times it has given me the feeling that Leo was not happy on the pitch, he looked sad, and that made me very sad. That he did not feel happy at the club that I consider to be my life makes me sad. Things must have been very bad for Leo not to feel happy here. “
Beyond the report, his former teammate Carles Puyol also referred to the issue on Thursday, interviewed by Movistar Plus at the Camp Nou during the break of the game between Barça and Granada and who did not hesitate to assure that the best news for the club “It would be for Leo to stay.” The former Barça center-back stressed that Messi’s career has been, and continues to be, exceptional in every way “and we are fortunate to have enjoyed it for so many years. And to continue enjoying it … stay at the club. “