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What if Lionel Messi decided to actually leave Barcelona?

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Is this season the last one for Messi with FC Barcelona's stripes? (©GettyImages)
Is this season the last one for Messi with FC Barcelona's stripes? (©GettyImages).

A few days ago a rumour spread around like a hurricane. Lionel Messi, according to the rumours decided that after the end of this season he will leave Barcelona.

Moreover, the rumour pointed out that Messi has already reached a verbal agreement with another club. The main reason of his decision is the unwillingness on behalf of Barcelona to renegotiate the financial terms of his current contract breaking their commitment to Messi.

According to this rumour Sandro Rosell, FC Barcelona’s chairman, agreed to the renegotiation of his contract during last summer, but they refused to fulfil their commitment. This rumor was spread by a Spanish Television sports show with the name “Punto Pelota” and an agent - by the name Francois Gallardo.

This TV show and this agent are responsible for many other rumours that have not confirmed with the rumour that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid during last summer being the most recent one.

Taking as granted the concept and the history of this show and this agent, I cannot believe that Messi will leave Barcelona. But for the sake of the argument let’s suppose that this rumour is confirmed, and Messi is looking for a club. What would his choices be?

First of all there is Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich. Messi has publicly admitted that playing under Guardiola’s instructions was one of his best spells. Guardiola really trusted him and understand him. There is mutual respect between them and neither of them would say no to a possible revival of this spell.

Bayern Munich would afford a transfer like this one and everyone would be extremely excited. But what about Messi? He would be forced to play in a league in which power is the main characteristic and in a country where bad weather and low temperatures is a routine.

Furthermore, we must bear in mind that the Bundesliga is not as competitive as La Liga and therefore I believe that Messi would get quickly bored. The consequence of this situation would be that Messi would stop forcing himself to improve further and at some point he would fall behind.

Up next we have the English Premier League. Manchester City and Chelsea could afford a transfer like this, but I do not believe that Jose Mourinho would be happy with that prospect.

Due to Mourinho’s spell at Real Madrid the relationship between them is not the better one. Furthermore Mourinho chooses a different style of play, a more physical one, than the one that Messi prefers. 

The choice of Manchester City would be great for Messi. The Citizens play in a less British style, not depending so much on power but in technique. This would help Messi thrive but he still would have to tolerate the physical game of his opponents. Surely he won’t face any issue about competition as the Premier League is admittedly the most competitive league in the world.

The problem in this case would be Messi himself. Messi’s knees are extremely brittled. Furthermore Messi has a loaded medical history of injuries due to tough marking and an intense physical game.

Then we have the cases of AS Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan. All clubs that could easily afford Messi's transfer, and clubs that are constantly looking for a chance to join the top class football clubs.

A move like this one would automatically put them in that group permanently. Weather will be fine. Fans will love him. Both Serie 'A' and Ligue 1 are not physical ones. Technical skill is the main characteristic of these leagues, so Messi would flourish and easily dominate. But once again there is the issue of competition. This lack of competition would damage Messi and eventually he would fall behind.

Conclusively, the best choice for Messi would be a transfer to the Premier League and especially to Manchester City. But, I seriously doubt whether Messi would withstand the physical game of his opponents, and with what consequences ( injuries etc). Staying at Barcelona as he has stated recently, seems to me the best decision.

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