It’s happened… Six-time Ballon D’or winner, Lionel Messi, wants to leave FC Barcelona after 20 years playing for the Catalan club! The 33-year-old football player started playing for Barca in 2004 and has won the Champions League four times with the club.
This news dropped like a bomb on Social Media on Tuesday 25 August 2020. Having been a loyal servant to his boyhood club, this news has amazed and shocked the world. Now, the question is, what’s next for the superstar?
News of Messi’s free transfer will have the top clubs queueing up for his signature. However, clubs would have to navigate the clause in his contract worth around € 700 million to release him. Manchester City’s Chairman wants to make a bid for the experienced player even PSG are in the hunt for him… Yet, Messi’s contract at Barcelona won’t expire until summer 2021. Will Messi continue his career with Manchester City, PSG, or somewhere else?
Messi has been a faithful servant to Barça. So, what was the problem? Was it because of the 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich? Rumour has it, that there has been unfair treatment of other Barcelona players from the new manager - Roland Koeman. Some other sources say that the new manager has told him that any special treatment has ended and that he’ll be inflexible in his future approach. Could these be the reasons?
During his time at Barcelona, Messi really gave it his all. He said in one of his interviews: "I'm happy to continue with the club, which is my home. My dream was to finish my career at Barça, and we are moving down that path."
After a tumultuous summer of the beautiful game, here at Magical Vegas we’re excited about what this could mean next for Messi… and what other surprises the new season could bring! Got a hunch about the next story to break? Let us know on our Facebook page.