Rivaldo hopes Lionel Messi to extend Barcelona stay

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Former FC Barcelona star Rivaldo is hopeful that Lionel Messi will change his mind about leaving next year.

The Argentine is now in the final year of his current deal with the Catalan giants, but has decided not to leave after weeks of speculation.

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There has been no indication that Messi will sign a new deal after he made his feelings known about club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

With new signings coming in and a possible new president next year, Rivaldo feels the six-time Ballon d'Or winner could have a change of heart.

“After Suarez and Arturo Vidal's departure from Barca, it's understandable that the press is convinced Lionel Messi will leave at the end of the season. But I still think that a lot could happen to prevent his exit," Rivaldo told Betfair.

“He'll make new friends in the locker room and we cannot forget that there will be election in 2021 that could change the current situation.

“We don't know how things have evolved between Messi and the current president, so let's wait and hope that he changes his mind and ends up extending his contract for two more seasons.”

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