You have probably imagined about a Barcelona without Lionel Messi, but have you thought about a Manchester City with the professional football player in it. After all, for the former, it just comes naturally.
For instance, Barcelona has not known a team without Messi for almost two decades. The man has also achieved a lot while on the team. Being part of a team since 2001 is, to most people, enough reason to stay. The fact that he has also managed to win six Ballon d’Or awards is yet another reason. There is also his participation in every trophy that the team has won so far. During his stay, he has played 731 games and scored 634 goals.
Nevertheless, it is said that he also has reasons to leave. One of them is the very first season in which the team went home without a trophy, 2007-08. In addition to that, he seems fed up with the things happening behind the scenes. Then, there is a big loss that the team experienced during the UCL this season. It saw them lose to Bayern Munich, the now UCL title holder of the 2019-2020 season, with a full-time score of 8-2 in favor of the latter.
One can’t help but wonder if those are reasons enough for him to let go. No wonder his fans want him to stay. The same case applies to the team. After receiving the message regarding the intent of Lionel Messi to leave the club, Barcelona felt that the request wasn’t right. Messi must have been banking on the clause in his contract that states he could leave the club before the start of the 2020-21 season. However, the team management feels that it is too late. The clause was to end in June, but it is all clear that the schedule changed due to Covid-19. Whether it stands to hold or not is an answer that you can only get as time goes by, no doubt. Other people were speculating that it is a move meant to drive Josep Bartomeu to resign.
Why Manchester City is a good choice for Lionel Messi
However, it is important to note that it is not the first time that Messi is planning to leave for Manchester City. That said, experts feel that it is going to be for real this time around. The good thing is that Manchester City has what it takes to have him, which is the economic resources necessary. There were also a good number of years when Messi worked under the leadership of City’s manager, Pep Guardiola. His great friend Sergio Aguero is also a team of the club.
He already sacked his manager Luis Suarez. After meeting with his new manager Ronald Koeman, that is one of the huge decisions that he made. Will he leave Barcelona for Manchester City? Will he choose to stay or a whole new team? Can Barcelona force him to stay due to the clause in the contract? Only time will tell.
In the meanwhile, think about Barcelona without Lionel Messi and vice versa. What about Manchester City with Lionel Messi and the other way round? Share your thoughts in the comments.