Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has put forward his opinion on Lionel Messi’s possible exit from Barcelona.
“I am pretty sure they will reach a friendly agreement,” Calderon told Stats Perform News . “They have had 20 years together.
“Messi has given his best for Barcelona, and Barcelona have given their all to Messi. They have won many titles together. He has won six Ballons d’Or.
“I am convinced they will not go for a legal fight and they will solve it in a friendly way. It would be what I would try, and I am sure Bartomeu [as Barcelona president] will do the same.
“I know him. He is a calm man, and he will look for the best solution for both. There is no need to go for any legal fight or any controversy.”
Calderon went on to add that there is not really any value for these type of players.
“Obviously, I would be enthusiastic if I was the president of any club who can sign [Messi],” Calderon said. “It is true he is 33, but I am sure he has still three or four years at his best level ahead of him.
“Having said that, how can you pay for him? Real Madrid gave a gift selling Cristiano Ronaldo for €100m because he is showing he is still really valuable and will be for another couple of years.
“I don’t know – [the fee] is something that has to be fixed. I am sure nobody will pay €700m, but that will not be the point.
“I am also sure Messi will try to get any fee for Barcelona. How many million? I honestly don’t know.
“The club who sign him will be lucky but also will have a huge salary to be paid. He really deserves it, though. The value he adds to a team is priceless.”