The former Barcelona defender believes Messi could become even better away from Camp Nou…
Former France international defender Eric Abidal believes Paris Saint-Germain have enough resources and ambition to prize Lionel Messi away from FC Barcelona, according to the Daily Mail.
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The former defender played with Messi at the Nou Camp between 2007 and 2013, including a period when Abidal was given support for treatment following his diagnosis with, and recovery from, liver cancer.
He said, “As he has won everything at Barcelona, he would perhaps consider a new challenge in order to win new things.
“It’s possible. PSG has recently forged a group of players with determination and big objectives to reach. It may be a club that could please Messi.”
Since making his first team bow at the Catalan club ambition has been one thing which has not been in question, winning 20 trophies including six league titles and the Champions League three times.
From an individual perspective, Messi is also the club’s all time leading goalscorer and has won the Ballon D’Or four times.
It does seem surprising considering this, that Abidal would be championing a move for the player who has lit up La Liga in his career, though recently speculation regarding a move has dogged Messi following rumours of his relationship with manager Luis Enrique collapsing.
The Frenchman did state that if Messi were to ever leave Barcelona it would not be due to being a disruptive influence in the dressing room, far from it in fact. He praised his dazzling displays to keep the club on course for even more honours, amid politics and transfer controversy off the pitch.
“His influence on Barca is total. With his goals, he masks tensions, administrative or legal problems. He carries the team on his shoulders and allows it to live peacefully. He’s part of a group of deciders,” the former Camp Nou defender said.
Ultimately though, should any club make a move for the amazing Argentine would surely have to break the world transfer record to do so and it remains to be seen whether it would be possible under Financial Fair Play rules for anyone to make such a bid.