The rumour mill has taken a new twist in the past week thanks to stirrings coming out of the Catalan capital. According to a myriad of sources, it is believed Lionel Messi wants away from the Camp Nou. So, could this really be the diminutive Argentinian’s last season at Barcelona? It has been proclaimed that it took some persuasion for Messi to stay on from former boss Tito Vilanova.
Messi has recently hit the headlines after becoming La Liga’s all-time goal scorer. He accomplished this incredible feat by banging in a hat trick against Sevilla in a 5-1 mauling. Messi finally surpassed the previous record set by Telmo Zarra which stood at 251 goals. By achieving this in less than 255 appearances for the Spanish giants is nothing short of remarkable.
To date, he is also the joint top goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League record books having drawn level with Raul on 71 goals. Yet there are rumblings across Europe that Messi may not be happy with his current situation. Is this happy marriage about to lead to a messy divorce?
The Argentine forward declared to Argentine sports daily, Ole that he is uncertain about his long term plans. In addition to this, Messi has revealed that he came close to making an untimely departure from Barca last season. This was amid continual criticism about his fellow countryman Gerard Martino.
Amid the speculation, it is believed that Paris Saint Germain had an offer on the table for Messi. At present, Messi’s relationship with the Barca executives are cordial at best and feels the board should be doing more. Meanwhile, his tax fraud case has not helped matters and is unconvinced by the vision outlined by Coach Luis Enrique.
With Messi feeling unhappy of late, which sides could prize him away from the three-time Champions League winners?
9 Al Ain
8 New York City FC
6 Manchester United
5 Bayern Munich
4 Manchester City
2 Real Madrid
1 Paris Saint Germain
They say money talks and nowhere is this more evident than in the French capital. Paris has it all from fashion to food, but it is also home to the Qatari backed Paris Saint Germain. Yet this does not detract from the Parisians making a daring move for Lionel Messi. PSG have limitless riches whilst the Qatari owners aim to put them on the highest pedestal of European football. They have already injected plenty of capital into the Ligue 1 side and have added significant power to their squad. This include Uruguayan striker Edison Cavani, Lucas Moura and former Inter Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish international has certainly increased the clout of the French champions who are looking to enhance their profile in the long term. By signing Lionel Messi, this could be the final piece of the puzzle.
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