'The more quality, the better' - Messi hopes 'great' Griezmann will join Barcelona

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While the France star's future continues to be shrouded in uncertainty, he has won the backing of one Blaugrana star

Lionel Messi has expressed his hopes that Antoine Griezmann will join him at Barcelona next season, stating that the Atletico Madrid star is a "great player". 

Griezmann has long been courted by those in charge at Camp Nou, a pursuit that has provoked a stern response from Atletico on occasions

The France international is yet to pass comment on his future, preferring to stay silent on the subject while he prepares for the World Cup with Les Bleus

But the striker has at least received Messi's seal of approval, as the Argentine stated he wants to see as much talent as possible in the Blaugrana squad. 

"I have always said it. It is easy to get along with great players and Griezmann is one of the best, he is going through an exceptional time in his career," the Argentine told Mundo Deportivo

"The coach will then look at how he fits everyone in but he is obviously a great player and we would click together." 

If Griezmann does arrive at Camp Nou he will add further depth to a packed forward line that already contains the likes of Messi, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho. 

But as far as Argentina's captain is concerned, when it comes to attacking power it is a case of the more, the merrier at Camp Nou. 

"Whether Griezmann comes or not is up to the coach, it is still not 100 per cent, but obviously the more quality we have the better," he added. 

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"We want to be the best team in the world and to achieve that we want to have the best - then it's the coach's problem!"

Messi lifted the European Golden Shoe in 2017-18, smashing 34 goals in 36 Liga games as Barcelona streaked to the title over rivals Atletico and Real Madrid. 

Now his attentions have turned to the World Cup, where he will lead an Argentina side looking for their first triumph in the competition since 1986.

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