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Real Madrid without Ronaldo is a warning to Barcelona and Lionel Messi, says Jordi Cruyff

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Jordi Cruyff has told Barcelona that Real Madrid’s struggles since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure is a warning for Ernesto Valverde’s side.

Los Blancos have not found goals quite as easy to come by without Ronaldo this season, have already sacked one manager and are fourth in the table going into the winter break.

Cruyff reckons it should act as a warning for Barcelona who will at some point have to learn to cope without Lionel Messi when he finally decides to hang up his boots.

“What happened to Madrid is a warning for Barca,” he said.

”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.

”You analyse Madrid and you see that Cristiano was the man who holds the umbrella. When it rains, nobody gets wet. Now, there is no umbrella.”

Source | Sport

Messi’s enjoying another brilliant season for Barcelona and was involved in almost half of their goals in 2018.

He signed a new deal with the club last year which will keep him at the Camp Nou until 2021 when he’ll be 34.