Announced leaving for Manchester City last summer, Lionel Messi had finally decided not to pack up and thus honor his last year of contract with the Catalan club. But this season could well be the last for the six-time Ballon d’Or despite the upcoming change at the head of the club’s management. Like many cadors, Barça is going through a difficult economic period, as evidenced by the reduction in salaries implemented recently. Elements that according to Rivaldo, will push the Pulga to leave the club and to find a new challenge despite his 33 years. “I cannot imagine the new management capable of convincing him to back down on his decision, considering that Barça do not have great resources to afford to keep him. And Messi will have better and very important offers from other teams ”, told the former Blaugrana striker in an interview with Marca.
“To that we add that Barcelona will have to make salary cuts, in addition to the fact that Messi wanted to leave at the end of last season. If they win the Champions or La Liga, or if Koeman is able to put together a team that plays good football, that is the only way for me to see Messi reconsider his position. But I insist, I fear this will be his last season at Barcelona. Certainly, a sad thing ”, concluded the Brazilian.