People love football transfer rumours, so when it comes to possibly the best player on the planet, so far a one club player with Barcelona, fans are constantly talking about where he should move to.
There is probably no football fan on the planet that wouldn’t want Lionel Messi at their football club. Unfortunately, according to Barcelona’s club president, Messi will finish his career at the Spanish club.
Josep Maria Bartomeu explained to reporters that Messi will “end his working and footballing life at Barcelona”.
Rumours that the Argentine was currently dissatisfied with Barcelona began circulating after back-to-back season of being dramatically dumped out of the Champions League – first to Roma in 2018 and then by Liverpool in 2019 – was making him apprehensive to sign a new contract when his current deal runs out in 2021, clubs with cash to spedn have been on high alert at he thought of being able to land one of footballs greatest ever players.
Messi is constantly compared with Cristiano Ronaldo for the unofficial title of best player in the world. Unlike Messi, Ronaldo has played at a number of clubs in his career, plying his trade across Portugal, England, Spain and now Italy, winning major trophies in each. This is something that fans discuss in depth when it comes to comparing these two world beating players; is Messi able to recreate his magic outside of Barcelona, one of the richest clubs in the world, in a league that is only ever a two horse race?
The only other chance fans get to see Messi playing outside of the Camp Nou is on the international scene. Messi has never been able to take Argentina to the highly coveted world cup, but nether has Ronaldo, even though both have excelled individually for their countries with Ronaldo lifting the European trophy in 2018.
There are few teams out there that could afford the services of Messi. Manchester City have had some dubious links over the past few seasons with their spending power and appointment of Pep Guardiola, who Messi had his best years at Barcelona under.
We don’t know how many more seasons Messi will be able to continue at the top level. Will he lift another European trophy before he retires? How many more La Ligas can they wrestle away from Real Madrid before his time is up? Either way, he looks set to go down in history alongside the like of Totti and Gerrard as a one-club player.