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Rivaldo thinks Leo Messi will leave the Camp Nou this summer

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06 Feb 2021
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For former Blaugrana player Rivaldo, these details were leaked by someone with a specific motive.

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Lionel Messi’s leaked contract details are potentially damaging for the club and the player

This week’s big talking point was Lionel Messi’s contract, with El Mundo revealing in detail exactly how much the forward has been earning at Barcelona. For former Blaugrana player Rivaldo, these details were leaked by someone with a specific motive. “The leak revealed details about Messi’s contract with Barcelona this week. And it’s not good and potentially damaging for the club and the player. But I think we should not get bogged down in discussing it,” Rivaldo wrote. “You have to remember what the player did for the club. His contribution has been excellent over the decades, on and off the pitch. So it’s unfair to criticize him about any deal he might have made for his protection.”

They had a bad agenda, seeking to split the team

“Someone decided to leak this information, and they had a bad agenda. Seeking to split the club up a little more at a time when things were already turbulent”. Rivaldo went on to say that he thinks Messi will leave the Camp Nou this summer. “Messi tried to leave the club last summer. And it looks more and more likely that he will achieve his goal at the end of the season,” added the Brazilian. “Ronald Koeman has doubts that he is staying at the club and even Joan Laporta. The favourite to be the next president, has only hope to keep him instead of a commitment from the player. “The club must make an effort to keep him if financial resources are available to give him a long term contract. It could include a clause about working in a club when he ends his professional career.”

“This might make him think about signing a new contract. It’s just an offer, and I don’t know exactly what Messi’s aspirations are when he stops playing football. But Messi will continue to be a huge figure in world football and staying at Barcelona – no matter what his role – would be beneficial to the club.”

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