TIME TO SELL MESSI?

Former Barcelona manager Johan Cruyff is regarded as one of the legends in the game. He has said that Barcelona should now consider selling Argentine ace Lionel Messi after securing the signature of Santos striker Neymar for around £ 50 million. The highly rated Brazilian striker has joined Barcelona ahead of the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea, who were also in the hunt for his signature. The 21-year-old is clearly the future of Barcelona. Lionel Messi is at the peak of his powers at 26 years of age, but Cruyff thinks that this is probably right time for Barcelona to sell the Argentine star.

He is of the opinion that the presence of Neymar will certainly cause some tension within the squad, which can be avoided by the sale of Messi. It remains to be seen if this suggestion will actually take place because Messi is regarded as the best player in the world. He has won the last four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards to prove this aspect. It also remains to be seen at any club can afford Messi, who has a release clause of £ 200 million in his contract. Due to Neymar’s style of play, it will be difficult to accommodate both him and Messi in the same team according to Cruyff.

“With Neymar on board, I would have planned for the possibility of selling Messi. Some would agree with me and others would not. Neymar’s arrival could cause problems. Just look at free kicks for example. Neymar is very good at taking them. And Messi has already shown he is great, too. Who’s going to take them. Or the fact that Neymar and Barcelona are with Nike while Leo is with Adidas. These are situations that could cause problems,” said Cruyff to the Spanish daily Marca.