Madrid post-Ronaldo a warning to Barcelona – Cruyff

Jordi Cruyff told Barcelona to learn from what happened at Real Madrid after Cristiano Ronaldo's departure.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is contracted to the club until 2021.   -  Getty Images

Real Madrid's form after Cristiano Ronaldo's departure is a "warning" to Barcelona when it comes to Lionel Messi, according to Jordi Cruyff.

Ronaldo, 33, made a surprise move from Madrid to Juventus for a reported €100million in July after spending nine seasons with the LaLiga giant.

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Madrid initially struggled to cope with Ronaldo's absence and is eight points adrift of league leaders and rival Barca, although it holds a game in hand.

Messi is contracted at Barca until 2021, but the club's former midfielder Cruyff urged it to learn from Madrid's mistakes.

"What happened to Madrid is a warning for Barca," the Chongqing Dangdai Lifan coach told Sport.

"Madrid players are still great, but in football you need that player who even losing 2-0 you think you can win. It happens with Messi.

"It's much more than football... it is belief."


Messi has enjoyed another stellar start to this season, scoring 21 goals in just 20 games in all competitions.

Cruyff, a former Netherlands international, said Ronaldo – like Messi at Barca – was holding Madrid together.

"You analyse Madrid and you see that Cristiano was the man who holds the umbrella," he said.

"When it rains, nobody gets wet. Now, there is no umbrella."

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