Messi’s contract with Barcelona is up this summer, and he has been linked with a move away from the Spanish giants, with Manchester City and PSG among clubs mooted as his potential destination.
Ruggeri believes Messi, who he says is still the best player in the world, should leave Barcelona at the end of the season. “Messi has to leave the club,” he told ESPN [via Marca]. “He is still the best, but all the teams have lost respect for Barcelona.
“It’s over, he has to go, they did a lot of things to him and we have come to this.
“They kicked out [Luis Suarez], and forgot he’s [his] friend, [part of] the family. Suarez is a scorer. You can’t kick him out. Not many players are at Suarez’s level nowadays.
Messi has been linked with an exit from Barcelona in the summer | LLUIS GENE/Getty Images
“Now Messi wants to come to Argentina, before it was the other way around. Now he would shoot [someone] to come to the national team, before he escaped from it. He’s lost respect for Barcelona.”
Meanwhile, Messi has insisted he will wait until the end of the season to take a decision on his future.