Diego Maradona claimed he knew it would end badly for Lionel Messi at Barcelona.
Lionel Messi was on the verge of exiting Camp Nou in the summer transfer window.
He had a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave at the end of any season.
The clause ended in June 2020 but Messi’s camp believed that it has been extended in line with the prolonged 2019/20 season.
Diego Maradona spent two seasons at the Camp Nou and later moved on to Napoli to reach newer heights of his career.
“I knew it was going to end badly and I thought Leo was going to leave,” Maradona told the Argentinian newspaper Clarin (via Marca). “It happened to me too.
“Barcelona is not an easy club and he has been there for many years and was not treated as he deserves.
“He gave them everything, he took them to the top and one day he wanted to leave to get a change of scenery and they said no.”