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Stoichkov believes Messi will make final decision on Barca future

Fri 19 March 2021 | 20:37

Former Barcelona striker Hristo Stoichkov believes that no one at the club will be able to change Lionel Messi’s mind if he is set on leaving as the Argentinean superstar will make the final decision on his own.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is out of contract at the end of this season and is reportedly being eyed up by

Paris Saint-Germain


Manchester City


Last summer,


shook the world of football by announcing his desire to leave


. Since then, a lot has changed at the club. Bartomeu resigned and was replaced by

Joan Laporta

, who has vowed to make keeping Messi his number one priority. However, it is unclear whether this will change his stance.

"Nobody is going to be able to convince Messi of anything if he is clear about what to do,"

the Bulgarian legend told



"I will always support the decision Leo makes, and Laporta has done it too. It seems to me that this is what to do with a legend, who has made us laugh and even cry."

He added

: "It is true that Laporta had a brilliant time at Barca. He has made big decisions, like trusting [Pep] Guardiola, and that established a time when great football was played, excellent and mature. But today you don't have Xavi or [Andres] Iniesta or Deco or Ronaldinho or Eto'o or those who made it possible.

"This was a team born to win, and that must be assumed. You have other types of players. You have a generation of the future, but that is not going to give you the maximum of its possibilities from today to tomorrow. And that's what Messi must believe in and Laporta must convince him."

source: SportMob