Boateng thinks Messi should honour Maradona by joining Napoli
Former Barcelona team-mate Kevin-Prince Boateng believes Lionel Messi should follow in Diego Maradona's footsteps and see out his career at Napoli.
Kevin-Prince Boateng feels Barcelona's Lionel Messi could do worse that join Napoli as a tribute to club and Argentina legend Diego Maradona. Maradona – arguably football's greatest ever player – died at the age of 60 after suffering heart failure last month.
Messi removed his Barça shirt to reveal a Newell's Old Boys jersey emblazoned with Maradona's famous number 10 after scoring in last month's 4-0 LaLiga rout of Osasuna. But former Barça team-mate Boateng wants six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi – who has been heavily linked to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain – to do more to pay tribute to his countryman.
"I often hear of the comparison between Messi and Maradona and therefore I'll make a proposal to Leo," Boateng, who now plays for Serie B outfit Monza alongside Mario Balotelli, told ESPN. "He should go to Napoli after his contract with Barcelona expires. It would be great if he himself called [president Aurelio] De Laurentiis and said: 'I'm coming'. Even if they have retired the No 10 shirt, 'I would like to honour Maradona's No 10 and come and play for a year or two at Napoli', without thinking about money, just the heart. Maybe then he manages to win a championship and then it would be the apotheosis, a movie story. If I were him, I would think about it. By now, he has won everything at club level, closing in a legendary way would be incredible."