- Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona and join Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus Barca scout claims
- The Argentine legend recently had a bust-up with Barcelona's Sporting Director Eric Abidal
- Messi can live the Camp Nou for nothing according to the clause on his contract with the club
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo playing for the same team can not be ruled out according to former Barcelona director of football and current scout Ariedo Braida.
Braida gave his thoughts on where Messi could end up at the end of the season after his latest row with Eric Abidal.
The Barcelona captain has an option to walk away as a free agent in the summer for nothing as a clause in his new contract,
And former Milan chief Braida believes a potential move away from the Nou Camp is possible.
The 73-year-old told Radio 1 Rai via TuttoSport when asked if Messi could leave Catalonia in the summer: “In my opinion it is very very difficult but it cannot be excluded. In football everything is possible.
"He is an extraordinary player, [but] I think he is too happy at Barcelona, he lives with his family, he has always been there, since he was 13 years old.
“It is difficult to go away but not impossible. Who can get him? The English and Italian teams why not.
“And if Messi were to choose Italy, as a former Milan player I would like him better in Milan, but Juventus and Inter are the teams that could take him.”
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner hit out at current director of football and his former team-mate Abidal when the Frenchman claimed that players didn’t work hard enough under sacked boss Ernesto Valverde.
Abidal told Sport after suggesting that players didn’t work very much: “There was also an issue of internal communication. The relationship manager-dressing room has always been good but there are things, as a former player, I can smell.
“I told the club what I thought and that [I thought] a decision had to be made.”
Messi said in response: "When you talk about players, you have to give names because if not, it gives air to things which are not true.
"Sincerely, I don't like to do these things but I think that people have to be responsible for their jobs and own their decisions.
"The players [are responsible] for what happens on the pitch and we are the first to admit when we haven't been good.
“The heads of the sports department have to take their responsibilities too and above all own the decisions they make."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi produced a five-star performance in Barcelona's 3-2 comeback win over Real Betis at the weekend.
It was expected the Argentine should get on the scoresheet but he provided assists for all three goals equaling Dortmund's Jadon Sancho and RB Leipzig's Timo Werner.