Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has reacted to news of Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona, and it also came as a shock to him as well.
It was expected that the Argentine will sign a new deal with the club but the deal didn’t pull through and both parties had to go their separate ways.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has admitted that former Manchester City star Sergio Aguero and former Red Devil Memphis Depay, will be disappointed with the departure of Messi and revealed that he’d have asked to leave if he was in their position.
Speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: “If I’m [Memphis] Depay or [Sergio] Aguero, I’m saying, ‘I need to back to where I came from, I want another club! I came here to play with Messi’.
“That’s why you join Barcelona. Yes it’s a great club and I’ve got great respect for that football club, don’t get me wrong.
“But let’s not get it twisted, this guys in negotiations with their contracts, one of the first questions is, “how long is Messi’s contract?” and “is he staying?”
“That’s what I would have been asking. Depay and Aguero will be devastated that Messi is leaving.”