Rivaldo makes telling Lionel Messi prediction after Barcelona’s PSG thrashing
Barcelona legend Rivaldo thinks Lionel Messi has played his last Champions League game for the club at the Nou Camp as speculation continues to grow over his future.
The Argentinean superstar put his side ahead in Tuesday's last-16 first leg against Paris Saint-Germain.
But he was helpless to prevent them ultimately falling to a Kylian Mbappe-inspired 4-1 defeat.
And Barcelona now need a miracle in the second leg in Paris to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.
Messi's contract is set to expire in June, and the six-time Ballon d'Or winner is said to be considering a number of offers from other clubs.
And speaking to Betfair, Rivaldo stated his belief that the player will leave at the end of the season.
"This may well have been Lionel Messi's last match for Barcelona at Camp Nou in the Champions League," he said.
"And based on the quality PSG showed last night, I'm sure he might be thinking about joining them.
"I want Messi to stay at Barcelona but I understand why he'd want to leave at the moment when the club is not guaranteeing him good chances of fighting for important titles regularly.
"He can't keep taking responsibility for the team on his own. Last summer, he saw Luis Suárez leave in an incomprehensible transfer that has made Atletico Madrid stronger.
"I believe he will leave the club at the end of season."
Rivaldo does not have high hopes that his former team can complete another extraordinary comeback against PSG.
He added: "Barca won't give up, but no fan would be confident after yesterday's match and there's a risk of another bad loss in the second leg, so the team needs to at least try to be more competitive in France
"Additionally, there's also a real chance of Neymar and Di Maria, who missed the first leg, will recover in time for that match which will make PSG even stronger."
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