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Lionel Messi- Will He Stay or Leave Barcelona?

Every story line has an ending. Even the sweetest ones. It looks like the greatest Barcelona player of all time has finally called it a time at the Camp Nou. Yes, you heard it right. Lionel Messi is on course to leave FC Barcelona.

Messi has asked for a transfer from Barcelona

The Argentine CF, who has been associated with the Spanish club since 2001, has scored an incredible 634 goals for FC Barcelona. In his time, he has won a record 6 Ballon d’Ors. He has numerous individual records to his name, including an astonishing 91 goals in a single season.

However, things have become very messy for the Catalans ever since their 8-2 humiliation against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Today, as per the reports, Messi has put a transfer request to leave the club after 19 years. Whatever happens between the Argentine the Barcelona board remains to be seen. However, we outline the likely fates for the 6-time Ballon d’Or winner.

What happens if Messi stays?

Messi’s stance

Things can still change. If the feud between the board and Messi gets sorted, both parties may come back on the same page again. Ever since their treble win in 2015, Barcelona players, management, and board members have had continuous feuds.

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Their inept transfer handling, their management choices, and their dealing of their evergreen homegrown players have continuously created dents upon one of the greatest clubs in the world. Possibly their most valuable player after Messi, Neymar left the club in 2017 after he had disagreements with the way the club was handled.

Neymar signed for PSG in 2017

Even though the club has spent chunks on his replacements in Antoine Griezmann, Phillipe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, they were of no use. The poor management teams mismanaged those signings by playing them out of position or putting them to the ground via vigorous training drills. We cannot name a player since Luis Suarez in 2014 that has come to Barcelona and elevated himself as a player. The genius of Messi kept the team competitive and still land them La Liga titles, however even for the greatest, it was too much to do.

The Barcelona board members know that Messi leaving will make the fans absolutely turn towards them. Many fans are demanding that the Barcelona CEO Bartomeu must get sacked as the club has only regressed under his leadership.

If Barcelona starts putting things on the right track, back their new manager Ronald Koeman with the right profile of players, it may consider Messi to change his decision. After all, if you are the greatest player of all time, you don’t back down from challenges.

Right now, the challenge is to put Barcelona back among the elite clubs in Europe. It has been 5 years since Barcelona won the Champions League. They have won only 1 Champions League in the last 9 years. If they want to compete with the European elites, they have to keep the best players at their clubs. As they have already lost Neymar, they cannot afford to let Messi go, especially with no value.

What if Messi leaves?

We all know Pep Guardiola’s admiration of the great Argentine.

I tried to make Messi the best player in the world. However, he ended up making me the best manager in the world.

Pep Guardiola
Lionel Messi embracing Pep Guardiola on Pep’s final game as Barcelona manager
Reunion with Pep Guardiola is on the cards

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Lionel Messi under Pep Guardiola was the best player in the world. He scored an astonishing 91 goals in a single season. He was the core of the first-ever team to win the sextuple. Even though, the former Barcelona manager has always been full of praise for his former player. He has always insisted on the Argentine to stay and finish his career at Camp Nou.

“My wish is that Lionel is going to stay at Barcelona.”

Pep Guardiola

If the great Argentine doesn’t want to come to England, there is one option that every football in the world would love for him to take. The old lady of Italy and a possibility of being in the same team as Cristiano Ronaldo.

Will we finally get our wish of Messi and Ronaldo in the same team?

These two legends have taken the game of football to the heights that no one else has taken. They have made us football fans run out of superlatives to describe their game, consistency, the way they have continuously defied the odds and longevity. La Liga has seen some titanic tussles between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past decade with these two being the headline boys. However, we have not seen them on the same team.

The clubs Messi is linked with

They say that we should dream big. With such a massive story headlining the footballing world right now, we can pray to the footballing angels to make this dream come true for us. It is because if it happens, it will be a team that no one will ever forget regardless of what their thoughts are on either of those players.


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