Manchester City or PSG? Where Will Lionel Messi Go After Leaving Barcelona?

Published 08/06/2021, 6:02 AM EDT


The world of football is in disarray after Barcelona announced that they would not be able to sign their club captain and the greatest player of all time, Lionel Messi, to a new deal. This caused a frenzy on social media, and now it presents a huge question.

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Where will Lionel Messi go? There is still a possibility of him remaining in Barcelona. There is still a chance that Barcelona is using Messi’s contract as a means to coax La Liga to ease up on the wage bill rules. However, till anything else is confirmed, here are the few places where Lionel Messi can go.

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Paris Saint Germain: A reunion with Neymar

Quite easily, the most obvious choice here, Lionel Messi, will probably end up moving to PSG. No other club has the financial strength of PSG, and the signing of Messi will help them finally win the ever-so-elusive UEFA Champions League crown they desire so much. A front three of Neymar, Mbappe, and Messi is a scary prospect.

Manchester City: Lionel Messi plays under Pep Guardiola again

The only other club in Europe that can match PSG financially is Manchester City. The Premier League champions have the same goal as PSG. They want to win the UCL, and after losing in the final to Chelsea last year, they will be desperate to do better.

Newell’s Old Boys: Lionel Messi returns to his first club

This might be the most romantic option of the lot, but it makes sense. Messi started his career in this Argentinian club, and he was signed by Barcelona after impressing them in 2000. It’s where he started out, and Messi has reiterated his desire to retire there several times. However, he’s still the best player in the world and deserves a team that suits his standards.

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Major League Soccer: The money route

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There is a lot of money to be earned in the USA. MLS club Inter Miami had already contacted Lionel Messi about a transfer once before in 2020, and it would seem like the franchise led by David Beckham has the financial means to make a transfer possible. However, like Newell’s Old Boys, going here would mean that Messi will no longer be playing with the best in the world, and that’s not possible for a player of his caliber.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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