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Real Madrid could sign Lionel Messi, claims Hugo Sanchez

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Barcelona are in danger of pushing superstar Lionel Messi into the hands of their biggest rivals Real Madrid, warns former La Liga star Hugo Sanchez.

There are growing murmurs emerging from Camp Nou that Messi is no longer happy at the Catalan club after being carelessly looked after by the club's staff.

Messi has struggled with injury this term and many believe the pressure on him to perform has been too great, leading to his discontent.

Real Madrid legend, Sanchez, says that Barcelona are in a very vulnerable position this summer and could see bids coming in for the Argentine from a number of clubs - including Real Madrid.

"Messi is not feeling valued highly enough by Barcelona with his contract and they must be careful," he told BeIn Sports.

"If Barca are careless, I can see Real Madrid signing him."

Transfers between the Nou Camp and the Bernabeu are understandably rare. The last player to do so was Javier Saviola, who swapped Catalonia for the Spanish capital in 2007.

The most infamous transfer was that of Luis Figo who made the same switch in 2000, breaking the world transfer record in the process.

Seeing Messi wearing the white of Los Blancos would eclipse the controversy of Figo's transfer by some margin. Many consider Messi to be the greatest player in Barcelona's history despite being just 26.

He joined the club at youth level in 2000 and has since gone on to win four Ballon d'Ors and break a number of scoring records.

Any successful bid for Messi would have to meet the release clause in Messi's contract, believed to be set at €200m.

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Barcelona
La Liga
Football
Lionel Messi
Real Madrid

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