Ronaldo’s comments on Messi proved true after furious bust-up and leaked info

Lionel Messi wanted to leave Barcelona before the start of the season.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner was reportedly left furious when information of a private meeting between him and Ronald Koeman was leaked.

Messi cut short his holiday in the summer to meet with the Dutchman, with radio station RAC1 later revealing the Argentine told Koeman he wants to leave the club.

Messi, 33, had become jaded by a number of things including Josep Maria Bartomeu's running of the club, and Quique Setien's tactics on the pitch.

Ronaldo, who played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid during his career, spoke out about Messi's predicament at the time, and predicted he wouldn't be going anywhere.

"It's very unlikely that he'll be able to leave Barcelona at the moment, especially when there's a crisis of results. Messi is a reference for the team and, if I were Barcelona, I wouldn't let him leave in any situation," said Ronaldo.

"He has a great and strong relationship with the club and I don't think he'll stop being in love with the team."

Ronaldo was proven to be right as Barcelona dug their heels in and prevented the Argentine from leaving, even with Messi attempting to point to a clause in his contract meant he could leave the club on a free.

Messi was faced with taking the Catalan club to court, but instead decided to see out the remainder of his contract in Spain and review his future at the end of the season.

Paris Saint-Germain have been very vocal in that they'd love to sign Messi at the end of this season, which is still a worry for Barcelona.

But new manager Koeman is slightly more confident the Argentine will sign an extension in the summer and stay on.

In an interview with The Athletic, Koeman said: "I said to Leo, 'I'm really happy if you stay. If you don't stay, it's your decision and it's what you have to handle with the club.

"If you stay, you will be part of the team and this will be your position to get all the best out of yourself'. Little by little, he accepted that situation.

"And look how he is playing in the last few weeks, he is really involved in the club, in the team. But, nobody knows what will happen in the future."

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