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Barcelona captain Lionel Messi

Messi to Napoli? You can never say never in football – Pique

  • "You can never say never in football." Gerard Pique discussed Lionel Messi potentially playing for Napoli.
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Modified 25 Feb 2020, 09:10 IST

Gerard Pique believes it is possible Lionel Messi could one day play for Napoli, but the Barcelona defender hopes the superstar retires at the LaLiga giants.

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Messi and Barcelona face Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

It has led to fresh comparisons between Messi and Diego Maradona, an Argentina great who starred at Napoli.

Asked if Messi could emulate Maradona and sign for Napoli, Pique told a news conference: "You can never say never in football, but I guess that is complicated.

"You should ask him as he decides his future. I would like him to retire with us. I can't tell you more."

Messi has scored 23 goals in 28 games in all competitions for Barcelona this season.

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Published 25 Feb 2020, 09:10 IST