One of the most heated debates in football could be answered next summer. For some people, there shouldn't even be an argument, but the question of who the better player out of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is might finally be put to rest.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague recently revealed that, amidst the Argentine's injury, Messi has never been closer to a move away from the Nou Camp.
According to Sky Sports, he said: "It is the closest he's ever been to leaving Barcelona. It doesn't mean he will, but it is the closest he has ever been to leaving the club."
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The day we thought might never come could be on the horizon - the mercurial forward could finally be able to prove his deluded doubters wrong and ply his trade in the Premier League.
One of the reasons in favour of Cristiano Ronaldo being the best player in the world is that he has proven his illustrious talent on English shores. 'Could Messi do it on a cold, wet and windy night at Stoke' is often the argument given against the Argentina international.
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Others would suggest the Barcelona forward doesn't need to justify his ability anywhere else. He has convinced many on the biggest stage of them all - the Champions League - with there a strong argument that the Premier League is no longer the best league in the world.
Whatever the viewpoint, the bickering could finally stop if the four-time Ballon d'Or winner chooses to make the move to England.
However, Paris-Saint Germain are amongst the favourites to sign the Barcelona winger if he were to become available; Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United would face an almighty challenge to prise him from the Parisian's wealthy grasp.
The 28-year-old would likely be the subject of a world record bid and ludicrous wages should such a move ever transpire.
Assuming the Argentine moved to England, one feels he would have to usurp Ronaldo's goalscoring exploits whilst at United in order to prove he's the better player - a tall ask given how prolific the Portuguese star was in his younger days.
Whether a move to the Premier League could ever happen remains to be seen, though it remains an exciting thought that Messi might one-day grace English stadiums week in, week out.
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