Brazilian legend Ronaldo urges Lionel Messi to stay at the club this summer.
Lionel Messi has been heavily linked with a move away from Camp Nou this summer following their humiliating 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Despite being at peak of his career in the past nine-years, Lionel Messi has played in only one final in the last nine years.
Ronaldo believes Messi is perfect at the club and should stay with Barcelona and continue with his one-club career at Camp Nou.
‘It’s very unlikely that he’ll be able to leave Barcelona at the moment, especially when there’s a crisis of results,’ Ronaldo said at a webinar hosted by Santander.
‘Messi is a reference for the team and, if I were Barcelona, I wouldn’t let him leave in any situation.
‘He has a great and strong relationship with the club and I don’t think he’ll stop being in love with the team.’
New Barca boss Ronald Koeman said last week that the 33-year old will be a vital part of his squad.
‘I don’t know if I have to convince Messi,’ Koeman said.
‘He is the best player in the world and you want the best player in the world in your team, not on the other side.
‘For my part, I would love to work with Messi. He wins football matches and I would be really happy if he decides to stay.”
‘He has a contract. He has one year left. He is a Barcelona player.’
Messi is entering the final year of his contract and is yet to pen his long-term future with the Blaugrana.