Writing for Betfair, Ambassador and columnist Rivaldo demands a massive game from Lionel Messi, stating that tomorrow is his chance to prove that he still loves and is committed to Barcelona.
El Clasico on Saturday is the perfect opportunity for Lionel Messi to prove he is still committed to Barcelona. He had a tough summer, and has not started the season brilliantly, but this is the perfect match to raise his game and prove that he’s still an exceptional player.Rivaldo for Betfair
A match-winning display against Madrid would boost his confidence for the remainder of the season.
These comments come on the back of a rollercoaster of a summer led by Messi’s transfer saga, when he came incredibly close to leaving the club after being here for 20 years of his life. The Argentine was on the edge of joining Manchester City, but the transfer fell through after Josep Maria Bartomeu did not let the #10 leave the club for anything less than his gargantuan €700 million release clause.
Messi finally put the rumours to bed in an interview with GOAL, where he stated that the only reason he did not drag the situation to court was because of his love for the club. Rivaldo addresses this by saying that the Argentine had a tough summer, and has not started the season brilliantly. However, El Clasico will be the perfect game for him to prove that he is still an ‘exceptional player’.
While a mammoth performance against Real Madrid will only cement his legacy as the greatest player of all time, and the best player in the world right now; an underwhelming will not dent his career, season, or even his month.