‘It would be a huge loss, like when Cristiano left’: Luka Modric talks Leo Messi’s potential Barcelona exit Luka Modric, the Croatian tormentor-in-chief of the Super Eagles at the Russia 2018 has described the potential exit of Lionel Messi from Barcelona as a huge loss.

Surprisingly, Modric plays for the rival Real Madrid. He has admitted that the Argentine cult hero will be missed in La Liga. According to Spanish publication, Tribuna, Modric remarked that he understood Messi’s position in the transfer saga.

“It would be a huge loss,” the Real Madrid midfielder told AFP. He likened the situation to the vacuum Cristiano Ronaldo created when he left Real Madrid.

“Like when Cristiano left… But you can’t think about the past. It’s football and that’s it.

“If it happens it will be a huge loss for the prestige of the league. But we need to go forward. Other players will become stars.

“When Ronaldo left, the same thing happened, the life of Real Madrid went on without him and it will be the same for Barcelona and La Liga without Messi.”

Messi’s father, Jorge, and Josep Maria Bartomeu met on Wednesday to discuss Leo’s future. No agreement was reached and the 33-year-old still wants to quit the club for free in this transfer window.

Some reports in Argentina, on the other hand, have suggested that there is a ‘real chance‘ of Messi staying at Camp Nou until the end of his current contract which expires in June 2021.