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Barcelona board open to selling Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi's future at Barcelona seems to be the story of the moment.

In the wake of his comments and quotes from his father, the latest report from Spanish radio station Cope is that the Barcelona board is open to selling the superstar in 2016.

Messi is reportedly disappointed that Barcelona have not backed him the same way Florentino Perez and Real Madrid back their big asset, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The player's father claimed if an offer arrived, his son 'would consider it' which followed reports from Argentina that suggested the Barcelona number 10 was not happy at the Nou Camp.

The Cope report says that Messi believes Barca president Sandro Rossell has torn the club apart and wants to install Neymar as the future face of the team.

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As a result, Barca would apparently be willing to sacrifice Messi to the highest bidder in 2016, just before the club's next presidential election.

It all sounds very far fetched. While it's true the Argentinian star has not been at his very best over the last 18 months it's practically impossible to imagine him at any other top flight club.

Back to Argentina

He's often said that he would like to finish his playing career back in Argentina, and his recent quotes saying he could play away from the Nou Camp may be nothing more than him reaffirming his wish to return to his homeland one day.

But they've been seized upon by several national newspapers as a potential hint by Messi that he would be up for a move. Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been linked with the Barca ace.

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