Kaká offers advice about possible Lionel Messi exit from Barcelona

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Seamus Leonard

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Kaká has said it is possible that Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona one day, and has advised all involved to handle such a development responsibly.

Messi took exception to recent comments by Barça sporting director Eric Abidal, who claimed that some players downed tools under former manager Ernesto Valverde.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner took to Instagram to reject Abidal’s assertions, a move which led many to believe the Argentina international’s days at the Nou Camp may be numbered.

Kaká, who performed on the highest stage for AC Milan, Real Madrid and Brazil, said it would be perfectly natural for the mercurial Messi to seek another challenge in the twilight of his career.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Kaká said: “It’s hard to see him [Messi] playing for another club, but it’s just … [he may feel,] ‘It’s okay, it’s time for me to change and I’ll go to have another experience and I’ll be the best football player in the world for another team.’

“I think the most important thing is not the broken part but the way this is going to be broken.”

The World Cup and Champions League winner recalled the experience of Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid for Juventus in the summer of 2018.

“When Ronaldo left Madrid we were sad that Ronaldo left the club and of course a lot of them regret Ronaldo’s left Real Madrid.

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“But I think everybody at the time understood that, okay, for him it’s another challenge, he needs another challenge, he needs to move, it’s okay, we are one of the best clubs in the world and we’ll keep going, Real Madrid needs to rebuild.”

Messi has been integral to everything Barcelona have done since his breakthrough in the 2005/06 season.

He is revered by the Blaugrana faithful, and you would imagine he would not want to tarnish his legacy with the club by leaving on anything other than good terms.

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