KEY POINTS

  • As a Real Madrid player, Kaka played against Messi quite a few times
  • He has claimed that Messi can fit into any top-flight club
  • There have been rumors about Messi's departure from Barca at the end of this season

Brazil legend Kaka has insisted that even though he is not sure if Lionel Messi will leave FC Barcelona but is sure that he will fit in "Premier League or in any other top club in the top three leagues" in the world.

Messi, who joined Barca's academy as a boy, now has been with the Catalans for 19 years. While many have predicted that Messi will not leave Nou Camp, the recent disagreement between him and sporting director Eric Abidal has led to rumors about his departure from the club.

Abidal spoke to Spanish media where he accused the Barca players to not have worked hard under their previous manager Ernesto Valverde. Messi responded on his official Instagram account where he slammed Abidal for his comments. The situation got intense eventually and that forced club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to reportedly step in between the pair.

Real Madrid and AC Milan legend Kaka spoke to Sky Sports where he said that Messi's idea behind his response to Abidal is uncertain.

"From outside it's really hard to say something you don't know. I don't know if Messi wants to leave or if he just wants to protect the players as a captain. Abidal is in the club's position and he is speaking as the club's sporting director,” Kaka said.

Lionel Messi scored the winner as Barcelona beat Granada on Sunday in Quique Setien's first game in charge. Lionel Messi scored the winner as Barcelona beat Granada on Sunday in Quique Setien's first game in charge. Photo: AFP / LLUIS GENE

When asked if he sees Messi playing at another club, Kaka responded, "I think so. It's not going to be a problem for him in the Premier League or a top club in the top three leagues in the world."

"It depends on what he wants for his career. It's hard to see him play for another club but [he might say], 'it's ok, it's time for me to change, I'm going to have another experience. I will be the best football player in the world at another team.'"