April 13, 2021

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‘Messi must follow his heart’ – Out-of-contract star backed to return glory to Barcelona

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As speculation around the six-time Ballon d’Or winner continues to swirl, a former international colleague has urged him to remain at Camp Nou

Lionel Messi should follow his heart and stay with Barcelona this summer in a bid to restore the Blaugrana to their former glories, according to his former Argentina team-mate Franco Di Santo.

Speculation around Messi’s future continues to swirl, with the mercurial No.10’s contract set to expire at the end of June following his public falling-out with the club’s hierarchy in the summer of 2020.

That means that Saturday’s meeting with Real Madrid at Estadio Alfredo di Stefano would be his last-ever Clasico if he does choose to leave Camp Nou behind.

Speaking exclusively to Goal, Di Santo says: “He deserves respect at Barcelona for all he has won in the club. It is a team game but a big part of their recent history has been about him.

“I don’t think they would have won as much without him. He is the key for everything at Barcelona. And the style of play. He deserves to be respected for what he has won in the last years.

It would be great for whoever signs him in the Premier League or Italy. To see him in another context would be cool.

“However, I would like to see him stay in Barcelona to build his legacy.

“If I were him, I would ignore whatever people say and do what my heart says. I would do what’s best for my family and me. Maybe that’s to make Barcelona strong again.”

It would be great for whoever signs him in the Premier League or Italy. To see him in another context would be cool.

“However, I would like to see him stay in Barcelona to build his legacy.

“If I were him, I would ignore whatever people say and do what my heart says. I would do what’s best for my family and me. Maybe that’s to make Barcelona strong again.”

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