Former Argentina striker Franco Di Santo would like to see Lionel Messi stay in Barcelona and helped them with the objective of restoring their former glories.
There has been speculation overMessi
’s future atBarcelona
considering that his current deal at Camp Nou expires in the summer and the fact that he is yet to agree a new deal has led to rumors of a potential move.
remain the front runners to sign Messi if he does decide to seek a new challenge.
But his former Argentina team-mate
Franco Di Santo
believes the six-time Ballon d’Or should follow his heart and stay with the club.
Speaking exclusively toGoal
, 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."