Lionel Messi tipped to quit Barcelona after Champions League loss to Bayern

Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona to make the best use of the remaining years of his footballing career.

That is the view of BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand, who has questioned whether the Argentine has got time to sit around and wait for things to improve.

Barcelona suffered one of the worst defeats in their history on Friday night, going down 8-2 at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final.

The German champions destroyed the Catalans from start to finish and could have scored even more, such was the awful standard of the Spaniard’s defending at times.

It means Barca end the season without a trophy and their latest result surely rubber stamps the end of their period of dominance in Europe.

Messi has carried his team time and time again this season as the players around him fail to live up to the high expectations at the Nou Camp.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is now aged 33, and Ferdinand thinks he should now be having a serious think about his future.

Speaking on BT Sport after the game, the former Manchester United defender said he think Messi could even quit to move elsewhere.

“What is Messi thinking going home tonight?” he said.

“Does he want to spend his time left in that shirt given the performances and the way the squad is looking at the moment in comparison to other teams around Europe.

“Has he got the time to sit there and wait?

“Does he want to spend his time in that shirt at that club given the performances and the way the squad is looking at the moment.

“Football is a game that comes and goes very quickly in your life so these next two years where he's still going to have the power to influence games the way he does, is he going to want to be doing that but not competing for the big titles?

“It’s a big question that he need to be thinking about.”

Messi has spent his entire career at Barcelona and it had previously been unthinkable that he would ever leave for another club.

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But their fall from grace has continued for the last couple of years and is showing no signs of improving.

Their poor recruitment seems to be one major factor in their drop, with the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho, and Ousmane Dembele, all flopping since joining for big money.

Ironically, Coutinho, who is on loan at Bayern after being sent out on loan by Barca, scored twice from the bench on Friday to rub further salt in the wounds of Messi and co.

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