The Messi Transfer Saga has started! Lionel Messi has had some career defining moments at Barcelona for the past couple of decades since he joined the Catalan giants when he was a kid. But things don’t look good at the moment for Messi and Barcelona after getting battered 8-2 by German club Bayern Munich. The six time Ballon d’or winner has requested the Barcelona FC hierarchy to terminate his contract and the let him go elsewhere on a free transfer.
We take a look at the possible destinations where Messi could play the next season if the transfer goes through and the clubs that could afford to pay his monumental wages reported to be a whopping €28M per year!
NEWELL’S OLD BOYS:
Messi has in the recent past expressed his desire to retire at his boyhood club in Argentina. If Messi decides to call it off and decides to return to Argentina, he could be well on his way to his hometown of Rosario.
Messi in the Premier League? We’re all in! Lionel Messi could be hoping for a reunion with former Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola. Messi is said to have a good relationship with Pep and reports have claimed that he has indeed spoken with the City manager and has expressed his desire to join the Cityzens.
Manchester City owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group have all the financial resources to pay his monumental wages and given the heavy South American and Spanish contingent at City, it could well be his next destination.
City’s neighbors, Manchester United are also in pole position to sign Messi if they get the nod from Barcelona for a free transfer. One of the most financially strongest clubs in the world, the Red Devils could well bankroll his wages and Messi could altogether provide a different dimension to the struggling side. But given the recent record in the transfer market by the Manchester United board, this transfer could be really difficult to pull off.
With Inter already adding exciting talents to its arsenal in the past two transfer windows thanks to head coach Antonio Conte, the Milan side have been linked with a move for Messi in the past. Owned by Chinese company Suning Holdings Group and headed by Steven Zhang, they have shown the hunger to dethrone Juventus from the Italian top flight. Messi could be their key to do that. And what more? Ronaldo vs. Messi in Italy? The league ain’t ready!
Think of the unthinkable!
Think of Messi and Ronaldo in the same team!
Think of Messi and Ronaldo running at the defenders!
They are ambitious to do that but will they be able to pay the wages of two superstars of the game? The Old Lady will be forced to sell some of their big names to do that. With Juventus’ philosophy of chasing instant success, they could well be in for Messi.
The Parisians are no different from Manchester City. They will have the upper hand if Messi becomes available and could be hoping for a possible reunion with former Barcelona player Neymar. With Mbappe, Neymar and Messi combining, PSG could form one of the most lethal attacking trios in club football.
The newly found club owned by England and Manchester United legend David Beckham already acquired the signing of Blaise Matuidi and are in talks to sign fellow Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez. Messi could follow his compatriot to the States if David Beckham convinces him for a different challenge.
CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE:
If Messi decides to do away with all the pressure and decides to enjoy his football elsewhere, the Chinese Super League is the place. Known for paying huge wages for pretty average players, a player of Lionel Messi’s stature could be paid well above his expectations at China. This could also prove to be a huge marketing move for the CSL.
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