- Cruyff has told Messi to learn from Real Madrid's flop after Ronaldo left them
- The former Barcelona midfielder says the Argentine is the umbrella of his team
- The ex-Man United star is currently the manager of Chongqing Dangdai Lifan
Barcelona legend Jordi Cruyff has send a note of warning to Lionel Messi concerning how Real Madrid's form dwindled after Cristiano Ronaldo left the club.
The Portuguese talisman ended his nine-year romance with Los Blancos in the summer following a €100million to Juventus.
Madrid had initially struggled this season without Ronaldo and are eight points off the pace from their rivals Barcelona, although they have a game at hand.
Messi's contract at Camp Nou expires in 2021 and the club's former midfielder have urged them to learn from their mistakes.
"What happened to Madrid is a warning for Barça," the Chongqing Dangdai Lifan coach told Sport.
"Madrid players are still great, but in football you need that player who even losing 2-0 you think you can win. It happens with Messi. It's much more than football... it is belief."
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Messi is currently enjoying a good season scoring 21 goals in just 20 games in all competitions for La Blaugrana.
The former Manchester United midfielder said Ronaldo – like Messi at Barça – was holding Madrid together.
"You analyse Madrid and you see that Cristiano was the man who holds the umbrella. When it rains, nobody gets wet. Now, there is no umbrella."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier done a review on Barcelona star player Lionel Messi's goals scoring record in 2018.
The 31-year-old scored 50 goals in 52 matches for club and country with his last for 2018 coming against Celta Vigo in a La Liga match played at Nou Camp.
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