'Why would Messi leave Barca?'


Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has slammed the idea that Lionel Messi needs to win at another club to be on par with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi and Ronaldo have been head and shoulders above every player for the past decade, as they battled for trophies and individual silverware.

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While Ronaldo has won in England, Spain and now Italy, Messi has spent his whole career at the Camp Nou although he has won every club trophy available to him.

“It’s just stupid. It’s absolutely daft,” Carragher told CaughtOffside of that debate.

“He’s at the top club, he’s the best player there, he’s the best player in Europe.

“The best show up against the best on the biggest occasions and that’s what he does so I don’t really listen (to other’s opinions). Fair play to Ronaldo and well done, but it’s not something to criticise Messi for.”

“I think that’s why Ronaldo’s moved. I think he knows that he’s always been seen as just behind Messi, so I think Ronaldo’s quite clever.

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“I can say I’ve won the league in all these countries, been the top scorer in all these countries and these are more strings to my bow … I also think he probably does the opposite to what Messi does to try and paint himself as being slightly different.

“Listen, I don’t think of Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini being any less of a defender because they never left AC Milan. So that’s not going to change me with Lionel Messi not leaving Barcelona. I mean, why would you leave Barcelona?”