“It is sad to see Messi, Barça’s greatest ever player, trying to use a contract release clause to leave the club, but we must hear both sides of the story and try to understand what’s really happening. Rivaldo said.
“Barça don’t want to lose their best player for nothing, so they’ll try to convince the player to stay or agree to let him leave if they receive a good offer from another club.
“It will be a sad ending for Messi’s story with Barça if the things remain this way, but this is football and sometimes things don’t run according to our expectations.
“Man City could be Messi’s best option as his next club. He’s 33 but his quality and talent are unquestionable and I think he still has a few more years at the top. He could quickly start shining in England.”
Lionel Messi yesterday, broke the hearts of many Barcelona fans after he told the club that he wants to leave.
The Argentine international sent a fax to the club on Tuesday saying he wishes to exercise a clause in his contract, allowing him to leave for free with immediate effect.