Lionel Messi may have no issue adjusting to any other league however the “romantic” idea of the Argentina great staying a one-club guy with Barcelona is appealing, says Gaizka Mendieta.
There was a time when the concept of Messi, Barca’s all-time leading goalscorer, leaving Camp Nou would have been unthinkable.
But such an idea was a very unique possibility throughout a turbulent period following Barca’s humiliating 8-2 exit by Bayern Munich in the Champions League in August.
Messi provided Barca with a message informing the club of his intent to leave, mentioning his belief that a provision in his agreement allowed him to leave on a totally free transfer.
Both Barca and LaLiga contested his analysis, stating any prospective suitor would need to pay the EUR700million fee release clause or negotiate a charge with Barca.
Consequently, Messi decided to stay at Barca, stating he did not want to drag the club through the courts.
But he struck out at president Josep Maria Bartomeu, before striking a more conciliatory tone, vowing to give his all for the team in the new LaLiga season.
Mendieta, who invested a season with Barca in the 2002-03 campaign, told Statistics Carry out: “Regarding what took place, it is already in the past.
” We can go into details, but Leo has constantly revealed he is an expert. He has actually revealed it for many years.”
Speaking while launching the Player 4 Player management group, Mendieta stated: “I think all Barcelona fans, his team-mates and individuals who work for the club, know Leo will provide his 100 per cent this season.
” Whether he leaves or not at the end of the season, the reality is he is here, he has stayed, and he will offer his finest.
I do not think other ideas are right.
” The most essential thing is having him, he is an expert and he will offer all as he has been offered all the time. That’s the secret for Barcelona and his fans.”
Barca’s unwillingness to lose a player considered by lots of as the best of perpetuity is apparent offered Messi has scored 635 goals and offered 254 helps in all appearances for the club.
In addition to being Barca’s all-time leading scorer, he likewise holds that exact same criteria in LaLiga having actually found the net 445 times in Spain’s leading flight.
One argument against Messi’s claims to be the best ever, albeit a rather weak one, is that he has actually not shown his talent in another division.
Signing Up With Manchester City for a reunion with his former Barca boss Pep Guardiola was seen as the likeliest outcome had Messi left Camp Nou, and Mendieta was unquestionable in his belief a player of his talent would thrive somewhere else.
” Messi would get adapted all over. He has actually currently shown often times.
On the left, On the right, in the middle, being a striker, being an offending midfielder, and even being a midfielder,” Mendieta stated.
” So, a player who checks out and comprehends football as he does, he will not have any problem in any nation or any club he joins.”
However is it a situation the former Spain international, now a prominent pundit, want to see?
” I do have mixed sensations.
On one hand, I did play in various leagues and seeing him competing in another league, I would like it,” Mendieta stated.
” But on the other hand, I do feel the romantic side of enjoying a player like him starting and completing his career at the exact same club. We hardly ever see that nowadays and I have that sensation, that fond memories of seeing this.
” It also suggests both sides have actually done properly, when a footballer keeps betting that long a time with the exact same club.
” Specifically a player with the profile of Leo who usually you believe he would be attracted by millionaire bids.
” For that reason, I think I would rather see him staying at Barca forever than seeing him playing in another competition.”