Could you imagine seeing Larry Bird playing for the Lakers, Aaron Rodgers playing for the Vikings, or Derek Jeter wearing a Red Sox jersey?
Well, crazy as it may seem, former Boca and Argentina goalkeeper Hugo ‘El Loco’ Gatti is urging Lionel Messi to do something as bizarre as the things we just listed.
According to the Argentinean, Messi needs to take his talents to Real Madrid if he wants to be considered the greatest player in the history of the game, even ahead of Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Pele, and Alfredo Di Stefano:
“It seems as if I am anti-Argentine, but until Messi performs in the big games, he will continue to be a player of home games. He has to have balls to go to Real Madrid and prove everything there like Cristiano (did). Otherwise, he will be just one more (player). Cristiano went to the best club in the world. Messi plays at home, on his pitch with everything (that comes with playing at home),” Gatti said in El Chiringuito de Jugones, as quoted by Infobae.
Moreover, the Boca Juniors legend criticized Messi by claiming he underperforms under pressure, claiming he needs to get out of his comfort zone and deliver away from home if he wants to be remembered as the best:
“Let him perform in the Champions League and the World Cup, otherwise he will always be one more (player). When he performs there, he will fight with (Johan) Cruyff, Maradona, and Pele. Messi performs when they let him perform. It’s very easy to perform with everything in your favor at home,” Gatti concluded.
Messi has spent his entire senior career with Barcelona and a change now seems quite unlikely, especially to Real Madrid, a picture not even the craziest fan in the world is ever going to get used to.