Former FC Barcelona legend Rivaldo says it might be possible that Lionel Messi will be leaving the club this summer after negotiations for a new deal have been stopped. The Brazilian feels a transfer to Manchester City or Juventus would be the most likely situation if Messi does decide to leave Barcelona either this or next summer.
“If he is considering leaving the club, then something mustn’t be good in the Barcelona dressing room and perhaps he is tired with all the constant problems that have surrounded the club in the last few months,” Rivaldo told Betfair. “When Messi’s contract ends, he will be 34, but with his class I think he could still easily play in Premier League.”
“It will be sad to see him leaving Barcelona once his contract ends eventually, but I still hope that he can stay for now. Despite his connection to the club, he has the right to move if he wants and reuniting with Pep Guardiola at City will be tempting for him, as the two of them formed a great coach and player partnership at Barca.”
Another possibility would be joining Juventus next summer, possibly creating the most iconic attack in football with Cristiano Ronaldo. “It would be historical to see both playing together and I’m sure many Juve sponsors would love to help financially, so, it’s also a possibility for Messi. That said, the two best players in the world for the past 10 years playing at the same club would be massive.”