Barcelona should keep Messi, say Goal readers

Johan Cruyff had suggested that the Blaugrana could now afford to sell their talisman after signing Neymar, but our readers disagree in a surprisingly close vote
Unsurprisingly, the majority of Goal readers do not think it would be a good idea for Barcelona to follow Johan Cruyff’s advice by getting rid of Lionel Messi now that Neymar has arrived at the Nou Camp.

"With Neymar on board, I would have planned for the possibility of selling Messi,” the Dutchman told Marca on Wednesday. “Some would agree with me and others would not."

In fact, more agreed with him than he might have expected, as 36 per cent of the voters also felt that it was time for the Blaugrana to ditch their all-time top scorer.

Nevertheless, after thousands of votes, 64% of you still felt that Tito Vilanova should be hanging on to the four-time World Player of the Year, who has been at the club since the age of 13.

It remains to be seen well how Messi is able to link up with his new £50 million strike partner, who is currently in impressive form for Brazil in the Confederations Cup.