Lionel Messi has to join Real Madrid to be considered the best ever - Hugo Gatti

Lionel Messi has been urged to join Real Madrid

For many, Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer that has ever lived.

The Argentina international has achieved nearly everything there is to win in football.

He's won 34 trophies with Barcelona, including four Champions League's.

On an individual note, he has scored 703 times for club and country and won five Ballon d'Or trophies.

He is on course to win a record-breaking sixth Ballon d'Or trophy this season.

But for some, that just isn't good enough.

One argument against Messi being the best ever is that he hasn't done it at multiple clubs.

Messi has been at Barcelona for his whole career, while Cristiano Ronaldo has been successful in four different countries.

Former Argentina goalkeeper Hugo Gatti is another who believes Messi has to have success elsewhere to be considered the best ever.

But he actually believes the only way his compatriot can do that is by joining Real Madrid.

Lionel Messi

"It seems as if I am anti-Argentine, but until Messi plays in the big games, he will continue to be a player of home games," Gatti told the TV show 'El Chiringuito de Jugones', per Marca.

"He has to have balls to go to Real Madrid and prove everything there like Cristiano [Ronaldo did]. Otherwise he will be just one more [player].

"Cristiano went to the best club in the world. Messi plays at home, on his pitch with everything [that comes with that in terms of home comforts].

"Let him play in the Champions League and the World Cup, otherwise he will always be one more.

Hugo Gatti thinks Messi should join Real Madrid

"When he plays there, he will fight with [Johan] Cruyff, [Diego] Maradona and Pele.

"Messi plays when they let him play. It's very easy to play with everything in your favour at home."

This may genuinely be one of the most ridiculous claims of 2019.

Seeing Messi turning out for Los Blancos would be very interesting, but it's fair to say there is absolutely no chance of that ever happening.

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