Lionel Messi is at war with Barcelona, and he wants to go. After losing the La Liga title to Real Madrid, and an embarrassing 8:2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, he had enough.
After the 2014/15 season when the attacking trio of Messi, Suarez, and Neymar won the Champions League, Barcelona has been struggling. They have endured some embarrassing losses in Europe like ones to Roma (3:0), Liverpool (4:0), and Bayern (8:2).
Lionel Messi publicly stated that he wants out, and all clubs in the world want him. But who can afford him?
Where could Lionel Messi go next?
There is one romantic place to go, and that’s Newells Old Boys. He started playing football there and stated that he wants to hang his boots in Argentina. But at this stage, it’s safe to say that it’s too early for that.
Big money move to East could happen, but it’s too early for that, too. Long time friend and teammate Xavi brought Santi Cazorla to Qatar and could try it with Messi. But Argentinian wants to compete at the highest level. No matter that Qatar clubs have the money needed to pull this off, they aren’t Messi’s preferred destination.
In England, there are two possible destinations. The first one is of course Manchester City. Even though their problem lies in the defensive part of the team, Pep Guardiola would love to reunite with his best player. They won it all in Barcelona, and wealthy City owners would love to splash the cash on Messi.
Not only he could bring them much desired Champions League trophy, but also he would help to popularize the club globally. He would come at a huge cost, but he could earn that money back to the club through commercial revenue.
Another obvious destination in England is Manchester United. Ed Woodward proved that he is keen to spend big on big names. And just look at the Glazers. Manchester United owners own NFL franchise Tampa Bay, and they just signed american football’s GOAT. After bringing Tom Brady, they could bring another GOAT to their team, now european football’s GOAT.
If we exclude Real Madrid because of obvious reasons, the only club left to look at is PSG. French giants with oil money showed that they love to spend big. Look at Mbappe and Neymar transfers.
Also Messi publicly stated that he has a desire to play again with Neymar. PSG would also get the chance to win the Champions League, and they would get enormous commercial revenue.
But, will Lionel Messi go anywhere?