SPAIN – Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has told the club to name the redeveloped Camp Nou after Lionel Messi when it is finished.
Pique, speaking to La Vanguardia, also suggested the 33-year-old should have been allowed to leave in the summer.
Messi sent a burofax in August informing Barca of his desire to leave.
But club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu refused to let him go, demanding that his full release clause be paid.
Messi ended up staying at the club for the last year of his current deal.
“Leo has more than earned the right to make a decision and if he felt he should leave… as president I would have acted differently. A player that has given so much in 16 years, you’re obliged to reach an agreement with him.
“[But] how can it be that the best player in history gets up one day and sends a burofax because he feels he’s not being listened to? What’s happening? Leo deserves the lot. The new stadium should be named after him.
“We have to preserve our figures, not discredit them. I am surprised people like Pep [Guardiola], [Carles] Puyol, Xavi [Hernandez] and [Victor] Valdes aren’t at the club. Something is not being done right,” Pique said.