After winning the Copa America for Argentina, Coco Basile wanted to talk about Leo Messi’s future as an FC Barcelona player.
As we all enjoy Leo Messi’s success with Argentina, Coco Basile wants to talk about his future at FC Barcelona. We are all wondering about the decision he will make in the coming days with regards to his future. Although Joan Laporta is still calm when it comes to Messi, many of us are still uneasy because we are feeling in the dark. One of the managers who had the pleasure of working with Messi when he was still a teenager is Alfio ‘Coco’ Basile. The Argentina manager who took Leo to his first major final with his country.
Back in 2007, the youngster reached the Copa America final in Venezuela but lost against Brazil. After that, Argentina never faced the Brazilians in another major final until last Saturday. Basile loves bragging about how he was the only coach in football history to have Leo and Maradona under his command. His opinions are always important when he talks about either of them. ‘Coco’ wanted to remind Messi that staying at FC Barcelona might be the best decision he makes for his career.
Basile thinks Messi can play for many more years.
During a recent Catalan radio show by the name of ’Que Thi Jugues’ on Cadena SER, Basile spoke about Messi’s future and his chances to win his seventh Ballon d’Or: “Yes, I think he will continue at Barça. That is where he was born and his career must end there. Where will it be better than in Barcelona? The language, the customs, the woman, the school, the boys… It is not only playing, but also living. Where will you go, to England?
“What I think is that you don’t have to go. I love him very much and wish him the best. That is why I ask you to please continue. He has lost a bit of speed and change of pace, but it is normal. He exchanged it for quality and skill. It can be four or five more years at the highest level. Of course he is the favorite to win the Ballon d’Or. Whenever he goes out on the pitch, his team is already leading 1-0. The others have to score two goals to beat Barça or Argentina.”