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If Lionel Messi leaves Barcelona then the club needs to change its NAME, claims Eto’o amid fear over superstar’s exit

SAMUEL ETO’O sensationally claimed Barcelona will need to change their name should Lionel Messi depart the club.

The humiliating 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich sent shock waves not only around the world, but in the Blaugrana boardroom.

Boss Quique Setien was swiftly sacked following the Champions League exit, with club legend Ronald Koeman confirmed as the new manager last week.

And Barcelona have been rocked by the news that Messi has told the club he wants to LEAVE as he enters the final year of his contract.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is believed to harbour dreams of winning the European Cup for a fifth time.

Spanish football expert Graham Hunter has stated that Messi is seriously considering his future in Catalonia.

Messi’s former team-mate Eto’o has urged Barca to do everything they can to keep the Argentinian international.

And should the unthinkable happen and Messi ends up leaving, Eto’o has bizarrely claimed Barcelona have to change their name.

Speaking to TyC Sports earlier this month, before the bombshell news, Eto’o said: “There’s a need to do everything possible to ensure Messi finishes his career at Barcelona.

“I hope that those who take the decisions do so for the good of Barcelona.

“I love Leo as if he were my son. Barcelona is Messi. I always want the best for Messi, but the club is Messi.

“If he decides to leave then we need to try to find another name for the club.

“We’re lucky that we currently have the best player of all time.”

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