Edmilson: “Lionel Messi will determine what his future holds, not Barcelona”

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Edmilson says that Lionel Messi will determine what his future holds, not Barcelona, with an all-time great considered to have won the right to define where his football will be played in 2021-22.

To date, the mercurial Argentine has spent his entire club career at Camp Nou, lifting him to the very top of the global game with a record-breaking spell in Catalonia.

The six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, however, posed questions about the direction in which Barca was going on and off the field.

During the summer, one drive for the exits was cut off, but the 33-year-deal old’s starts to run down and from January he will be able to talk to interested parties as he edges to free agency.

It is confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are putting themselves at the front of a recruitment line, though Barcelona has not given up hope that their talismanic presence will be linked to new words.

Edmilson expects Messi to lead discussions, whatever happens from this stage, with the former Blaugrana star telling Marca: “Messi is a person who has given the club a lot, he’s the best player I’ve seen there in recent years, in terms of longevity.”

People might say Romario, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, but it’s amazing how reliable Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi have been for 10 years, scoring 70 or 90 goals. I don’t think there is a player like Messi and Cristiano that is as full.

I believe Messi is at a time where he can decide whether to leave or stay, but he, not the club, should decide that.

He is a guy who wants to enjoy his football, apart from playing, and is in a team that no longer has a connection on and off the field. When you think about it like that, it is very risky, particularly when you are in teams as big as Milan, Real Madrid, or Barcelona.

As they limped over the line in 2019-20, Messi grew disillusioned with life at Barca, and things have not gotten any better in the new campaign.

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