Berlin (AP) – Toni Kroos sees the possible departure of superstar Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona as an advantage for his club Real Madrid.
“If such a person no longer plays for a competitor, then you can imagine that we do not necessarily think that it is so bad”, said the national footballer in an interview with his brother Felix Kroos in the latest edition of the podcast “Einfach mal Luppen” . “Messi away from Barcelona means Barcelona is missing an absolute weapon.”
Spanish record champions Real and FC Barcelona have been rivals in the Spanish Primera Divisón for decades. “I don’t think he’s coming to Real to categorically rule that out,” Toni Kroos said jokingly. His tip is that 33-year-old Messi moves to England to Manchester City and with it to his former coach Pep Guardiola.
The attacker had said he was determined to leave the Catalans after 20 years. The world footballer also stayed away from FC Barcelona’s second training session on Tuesday in preparation for the new season under new coach Ronald Koeman.
2014 World Champion Toni Kroos called Messi “one of the greatest players of all time”. Best of all, he says, is his ex-teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. With the current Juventus attacker, Kroos had won the Champions League three times at Real.