Ronaldo Nazario says Barcelona should dig their heels in over Lionel Messi.
Reports claim Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave following an embarrassing Champions League exit and another change of manager with Ronald Koeman replacing Quique Setien.
Since reports emerged of Messi’s possible exit, Chelsea and Manchester City have been linked with the Argentine superstar.
But Barcelona should be having none of it, according to Brazil legend Ronaldo.
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“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.”
Messi’s contract at Barca still has a year remaining and he has a release clause worth more than £600m.
Though, if the Argentine genuinely wants to leave, it’s likely Barcelona would allow him to leave for significantly less.