Today is of, course, April 1 and you know what that means; a load of bogus stories made up in honour of April Fools.
Leading the charge this year are Goal, who ran a 'humourous story' on Lionel Messi joining Real Madrid in a deal worth a record-breaking £500 million transfer under the headline: "Football world in shock as Messi agrees €500m Real Madrid deal".
In the story, it was claimed that Messi had opted to join Barcelona's biggest rivals because the Catalan club couldn't offer him enough money.
"I recommended they fund my contract by selling the Camp Nou, but for some reason they valued the club more than me," Messi is 'quoted' as saying.
The story, published by a certain "Lirpa Loof" generated quite the reaction; unsurprisingly though it wasn't all positive.
The chances of Messi ever leaving Barcelona are, of course, very slim - although they increased slightly when Pep Guardiola was announced as the next Manchester City boss.
The former Spain midfielder oversaw perhaps the greatest club side of all time during his stint in charge at the Nou Camp between 2008–2012, winning three league titles and two Champions Leagues.
The Sun claim that Manchester City would be willing to pay him an eye-watering £800,000-per-week in order to lure him to the Etihad stadium.
The newspaper quoted a source who is involved in the talks as saying both parties are 'miles' apart. Presumably, though, they're not so far apart that Real Madrid will be able to swoop...
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