Barcelona legend Xavi says a historic error would be made if the club fail to tie down Lionel Messi to a new contract.
Messi, who came through the ranks at Barca, is out of contract at the Camp Nou in the summer of 2018.
Former Barca captain Xavi is confident the Argentinian will put pen to paper on a new deal but has warned his former side of the dangers of failing to do so.
Speaking to TV3, he said: “I am convinced that Messi will renew [his contract] because I see him happy, and more mature and calm than ever. I do not see him moving away. Barca need Messi, but Messi needs Barca too. It would be a historic error if they do not renew [his contract].”
“Leo is the best player in history. His importance will become even more clear once he retires.”