The news of the end of the Messi era is closer than ever. It is without a doubt the news of the summer. Blaugrana fans, saddened and bewildered, still do not believe it and trust that the Barcelona board and the six-time Ballon d’Or will reach an understanding.
To this day it is known that the Argentine has decided to break any negotiations with the Catalan club to renew his contract. The ability of Barça’s board of directors, with Josep Bartomeu at the helm, remains to be seen to tie one of the best soccer players in history.
If not renewed, the 2020/2021 season would be Messi’s last playing in LaLiga. The last season in which Spanish fans would enjoy the wonders of the Argentine star. And most importantly, Messi would be free. There would be no clauses for his signing and any team could sign him. However, what are the real options and which teams would Messi be willing to go to.
Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain or Juventus
Messi leaves the Barcelona in 2021. Surely one of the teams that could host and pay Messi’s salary is Manchester City. Guardiola, a former Barça coach, would be delighted to be signed. It would be, without a doubt, an ideal way to challenge Liverpool’s hegemony and who knows if it would win the Champions League for the first time in its history.
Another European team with a sufficient budget to sign Messi is Paris Saint Germain. However, before closing this agreement they should get rid of another star, Neymar.
The third European team is Juventus Turin. A few seasons ago I signed another soccer star, Cristinano Ronaldo. However, it happens like Paris Saint Germain, it should part with Ronaldo. The locker room cannot house both egos.
Away from the European continent, a soccer team sounds strong, the Newell’s Old Boys. The Argentine’s wish is to finish his sports career in the country where he grew up. For the team and for Newell’s fans, it would be a dream to have Messi on their team and watch him play.
When everything suggested that Messi would retire from football at Barça, the Argentine crack arrives and thrashes us again.