Ronaldo Nazario thinks Lionel Messi is still in love with Barcelona

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona with the match ball after scoring three goals during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou on December 7, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

Ronaldo Nazario has offered his thoughts on Barcelona and Lionel Messi and doesn’t expect the Argentina international to leave the Camp Nou.

There is huge focus on Messi in the wake of Barca’s thrashing by Bayern, and the captain is believed to still be contemplating his future with the Catalan giants.

Ronaldo has told Barcelona they simply can’t let Messi leave and says even if he does it will not fix the club’s current problems.

“Messi is the reference of the team and I, if it were Barcelona, I would not let him leave in any case. He has a very great and very intense relationship with the club and I do not think he will stop being in love with the team,” he said.

“The situation is being exaggerated because of the 2-8 in the Champions League and the guilty and responsible are being sought.

“Messi needs his teammates to help him, as they do, and Barcelona have to think something different for the next few seasons. If your main player leaves, it is not the solution.” 

Messi hasn’t said anything publicly since Barca’s Champions League exit but did reportedly meet with new boss Ronald Koeman to talk things through on Thursday.

Barca are due back for pre-season on August 30.

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