Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers of all time, with some claiming there hasn’t been anyone better than him. The Argentinian striker has made history with Barcelona, racking a lot of trophies both individually and collectively speaking, but now Messi has been urged to switch teams to prove he’s the greatest of all time.
Former Boca Juniors goalkeeper Hugo Gatti has made a bold claim urging Messi to move from Barcelona to arch-rivals Real Madrid in order to prove he is the best player in history. Gatti suggested Messi wouldn’t be able to compete with the likes of great players like Diego Maradona, Pele and Cristiano Ronaldo if he doesn’t prove his quality with another team.
He also referred to Messi’s failing attempts to win trophies with his national team, pointing it as another factor against the superstar.
"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," Gatti said on TV show 'El Chiringuito de Jugones'.
"He has to have balls to go to Real Madrid and prove everything there like Cristiano [Ronaldo 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 that in terms of home comforts].
"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, [Diego] Maradona and Pele.
"Messi performs when they let him perform. It's very easy to perform with everything in your favor at home."
Right now Lio is 32 years old and has started this season playing like he’s used to. Among his accolades, we can see he’s won a record five Ballons d’Or alongside Ronaldo, scoring 608 goals and recording 247 assists in just 695 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions in his career.
With Barcelona, he has racked up plenty of silverware, including 10 La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and six Copas del Rey. It doesn’t seem like he really needs to join another team to prove his worth, but if he was to do that, absolutely nobody would think of Real Madrid as Messi’s new team.