Lionel Messi has been urged to “think about his future” by former Barcelona team-mate Deco.

The Argentine is rumoured to be considering his next move after a challenging year at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona failed to win a trophy for the first time in over a decade as they went through two managers and were humbled in the Champions League.

Deco, who claimed Europe’s top prize with Porto in 2004, has challenged the six-time Ballon D’Or winner to base his decision on where he is best placed to win honours

“I don’t know [if Messi will leave], but he has a contract,” he said.


“He is a player who wants to keep winning and it will depend on what Barca does when it comes to offering him a competitive team. I haven’t spoken to him, but I’m sure that’s what he thinks.

“I think he has to think about his future at a sporting level. It is very difficult to make a decision because we are talking about the club of his life; it is not that he has been at Barca for three or four years.

“We are talking about the best player in the history of the club and his family is linked to the city. It’s not easy.

“But it is also clear that he wants to keep winning. We cannot imagine a Barca without Leo, but it can happen.”

Messi scored 31 times in all competitions for the Spanish giants – his lowest total for over a decade as they were beaten to the league title by rivals Real Madrid.

Barcelona have put the vast majority of their squad up for sale following a chaotic year in Catalunya.

Only a select few names are not on the market as they target a mass overhaul under new manager Ronald Koeman.

Summer signing Miralem Pjanic has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss the start of pre-season.