- Lionel Messi starting and finishing his career at Barcelona will be a romantic, Gazika Mendieta
- The former Barca man added that the Argentine can adapt to any league he plays for in Europe
- Messi has told his employers that he would leave the Camp Nou when his deal expires in 2021
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Lionel Messi remaining a one-club man until the end of his career will be a romantic idea, according to Barcelona legend Gaizka Mendieta, Goal.
The Argentine superstar has spent the entire career at the Camp Nou but looks set to leave at the end of the current season.
But Mendieta who has a long-season lose spell with La Blaugrana during the 2002-03 campaign thinks the 33-year-old should give his career a fairy tale ending.
Mendieta told Stats Perform:
"Regarding what happened, it is already in the past.
"We can go into details, but Leo has always shown he is a professional. He has shown it for many years."
Speaking while launching the Player 4 Player management group, the former Spain international added:
"I think all Barcelona fans, his team-mates and people who work for the club, know Leo will give his 100 per cent this season.
"Whether he leaves or not at the end of the season, the fact is he is here, he has stayed, and he will give his best. I don't think other thoughts are correct.
"The most important thing is having him, he is a professional and he will give all as he has been given all the time. That's the key for Barcelona and his fans."
Man City are the likeliest team Messi would due to the financial prowess and reuniting with his former boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.
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And Mendieta believes Messi would adapt to any team he plays for, because of his versatility on every part of the attacking line.
"Messi would get adapted everywhere. He has already shown many times. On the left, On the right, in the middle, being a striker, being an offensive midfielder, and even being a midfielder.
"So, a player who reads and understands football as he does, he will not have any issue in any country or any club he joins."
Mendieta played with several clubs in Europe after leaving Valencia in 2001 including Serie A side Lazio and Premier League club Middlesbrough.
And the 46-year-old believes it will be a good idea if Messi decides to compete in another league but it will better to finish in Barcelona.
"I do have mixed feelings. On one hand, I did play in different leagues and seeing him competing in another league, I would like it.
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"But on the other hand, I do feel the romantic side of watching a player like him starting and finishing his career at the same club."
Mendieta has played in two consecutive Champions League finals with Valencia as his team lost to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich during the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 campaigns respectively.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Gerard Deulofeu believes Ronaldinho is the greatest footballer ever ahead of his former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi, Daily Mail reports.
The Udinese midfielder shared the same dressing room with Messi a few seasons back, described the Brazilian legend as an incredible person.
The Spain international who is currently on loan to Serie A from Championship side Watford, still believes he is the 2002 World Cup winner holds the aces.
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