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Hugo Gatti has made an outrageous claim that Lionel Messi needs to have the "b***s" to move to Real Madrid and "prove everything there like Cristiano [Ronaldo did]."
The 32-year-old Barcelona superstar has had a heated rivalry with Ronaldo and both of the five-time Ballon d'Or winners are regarded as the best players in the history of the sport.
But former Boca Juniors shot-stopper Hugo Gatti, 75, argued that Messi will be "just one more [player]" if he doesn't do what Ronaldo did at Los Blancos.
"It seems as if I am anti-Argentine, but until Messi plays in the big games, he will continue to be a player of home games," he told El Chiringuito TV.
"He has to have balls to go to Real Madrid and prove everything there like Cristiano [Ronaldo did].
"Otherwise he will be just one more [player]. Cristiano went to the best club in the world.
"Messi plays at home, on his pitch with everything [that comes with that in terms of home comforts].
"Let him play in the Champions League and the World Cup, otherwise he will always be one more.
"When he plays there, he will fight with [Johan] Cruyff, [Diego] Maradona and Pele.
"Messi plays when they let him play. It's very easy to play with everything in your favour at home."
Juventus superstar Ronaldo, 34, spent a decade at Madrid and became the club's all-time top scorer.
He also won an incredible 15 trophies at Los Blancos, including four Champions League titles.
Messi, who missed the early stages of the season due to injury, has returned to fine form for Barcelona and scored his 50th career free-kick on Tuesday with a sublime 35-yard strike against Real Valladolid.
The Barcelona captain also produced a sensational assist for Arturo Vidal when he took five Valladolid players out of the match with the perfect chip.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola recently recalled his first experience with Messi and said he knew that the Argentine forward would help him "win everything."
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