He quit playing football as a teenager but super-agent Mino Raiola has offered some advice to Barcelona legend Leo Messi.
Earning silly amounts of money, the Italian born Dutchman is now considered the most renowned agent in professional football.
Raiola has a host of high profile clients including Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mario Balotelli, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Romelu Lukaku, Marco Verratti and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Meanwhile, Messi does his business on the football pitch and is widely considered as one of the greatest to ever play the game.
The 30-year-old Argentine forward joined Barcelona at the age of 13 and has won an incredible tally of 27 major trophies in Catalonia.
Messi has won five Ballon d’Or awards and is La Liga’s all-time record goalscorer with 349 league goals to his name.
Some suggest that his failure to win a major trophy on the international stage with Argentina is holding him back from being considered the Greatest of all Time [GOAT].
Despite years of unquestionably excellent performances, Raiola still believes the Barcelona club legend must do one thing to prove his greatness.
“A player like Messi must try another experience with a different club and prove how great he is,” Raiola said via Marca.
Perhaps the super-agent is looking for a new client after watching Neymar leave the Camp Nou in a record breaking €222m deal.
PSG triggered Neymar’s release clause at Barcelona and those involved with the 25-year-old Brazilian all received a huge pay-day.
“The market, as such, no longer exists. Now it is countries who are signing players and that isn’t football,” Raiola added.
“But transfers of €200m are going to be normal from now on, it won’t be crazy to see that.”
It’s hard to argue with the super-agent amid claims that Barcelona are about to spend €150m on Ousmane Dembele – a 20-year-old winger with only seven international caps for France.
The Borussia Dortmund star joined the German club from Rennes last summer and is expected to join the Catalan giants as Neymar’s replacement.
Despite Raiola’s comments, Messi seems very unlikely to leave Barcelona unless it’s to return to his boyhood club in Argentina, Rosario.