‘If you don’t want to be somewhere, there’s nothing that can change your mind’: Luis Figo suggests Lionel Messi is no longer fully committed to Barcelona
- Luis Figo has indicated that Lionel Messi isn’t fully committed to Barcelona
- Messi wanted to leave Barcelona, with the star handing in a transfer request
- Figo suggested that it is difficult for a player to change their mind about leaving
There was much uncertainty about Messi’s future as he handed in a transfer request but he ended up remaining at the Nou Camp.
Figo, who left Barcelona for Real Madrid in 2000, stated that if a player wants to leave ‘there’s nothing that can change your mind’.
Luis Figo has suggested that Lionel Messi is no longer fully committed to Barcelona
Figo says once a player doesn’t want to be somewhere it is hard for them to change their mind
As reported by Marca, Figo said: ‘I watched the thing with Messi and his attempt to leave Barcelona this summer like all football fans: expectantly and surprised.
‘He’ll have his motives and reasons for making that decision. I don’t know what happened beforehand.
‘Every club wants to have a player like Messi, but then it depends on factors like the current financial situation at the club, the money he’ll cost the club in wages, the will of the player…
‘But generally, in life, if you don’t want to be somewhere, in the end there’s nothing that can change your mind.’
Messi, who considered leaving Barcelona, is into the final year of his contract with the club
Messi has scored six goals in ten appearances for Barcelona this season, while he has provided four assists.
The 33-year-old has still yet to commit to a new contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of June next year.
Barcelona will undoubtedly be determined to retain Messi’s services for the remainder of his career, but it isn’t guaranteed that he will still be at the club next season.
Messi is currently on international duty with Argentina and featured in the 1-1 draw against Paraguay in a World Cup qualifier.