El Clásico 2021 is assumed to be Lionel Messi’s last Clásico. The Barcelona striker has not yet confirmed to renew his contract with the club. He is expected to leave Camp Nou by the end of the season as the current contract is set to expire.
On Saturday, the Argentine will be participating in La Liga’s biggest clash – El Clasico at Santiago Bernabéu, the famous fixture where Barca and Real Madrid go head to head. This El Clásico will be Messi’s 45th and could be his last.
Ahead of the La Liga match against Barcelona, head coach Zinedine Zidane from Real Madrid has spoken out on rumors about forward Lionel Messi’s departure from the Catalan club.
“I hope it’s not (Messi’s last Clasico), I want him to stay at Barcelona, it’s good for the Spanish league,” Zidane said.
“We know what a player he is, but they’re a very good team and we’ll have to try to stop them playing to their strengths and be as good as we can be on the ball and play as best as we can.”
“I wouldn’t want this to be Messi’s last Clasico. I hope he stays at Barcelona, he feels good there. It will be great for La Liga if he stays,” said Zidane at the press conference as per Marca.
“All the Barcelona players are very good. We will try not to let them use their strengths, of which they have many.”
“Hopefully he’s not played his last Clasico. He won’t be fit tomorrow, which is a shame, but I hope he stays here,” the French coach said.
Since last year Leo is not seemed to be happy in Barcelona, he was also on the verge to leave the club last season after losing the Champions League badly which led to the sacking of president Josep Maria Bartomeu and head coach Quique Setien. Later Messi agreed to complete the season and thought to decide on his future after the presidential election. With major votes, Joan Laporta has been elected as the new Barcelona president. After the appointment, Laporta offered Messi a lifetime deal at Barcelona but he is yet to sign the contract. Lionel Messi will be next seen in the El Clásico meeting against Real Madrid in La Liga. It is predicted that a win for either of the team will knock down Atletico Madrid out of the title race.
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