Madrid would have no competition if we signed Messi, says Fernandez Tapias

Carlo Ancelotti said he would be open to the idea of signing the Argentine if he left Camp Nou after he hinted he could leave at the end of the season

Real Madrid vice president Fernando Fernandez Tapias believes the Champions League holders would be unbeatable if they were to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

The 27-year-old recently suggested that his future might lie away from Barcelona, leading to speculation that Madrid could make a move for the Argentina international.

However, the club’s vice-president has made it clear Madrid are not pondering a swoop for Messi, claiming that a new league would have to be started in order to provide strong enough competition for the Santiago Bernabeu side if the prolific attacker joined them.

“If Messi came to Real Madrid, they would have to make another league,” Fernandez Tapias told Marca.

“For example, a league with Europe and America together against Real Madrid.

“It’s fine the way things are. There always have to be big players, and in the more teams the better so there’s competition.”

Messi has netted 14 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona so far in 2014-15.

He has a contract with the Catalans until June 2018.