Lionel Messi’s future hangs in the balance as he continues to negotiate with Barcelona over his exit from the club.
A complicated battle is set to take place between the two parties, but the simple fact right now is that Barcelona don’t want to grant Messi his wish of leaving.
It would be a shame for Messi to leave the club he became an icon at on bad terms but that’s very possible if Barcelona refuse to budge.
The legal proceedings will be fascinating, that’s for sure.
Europe’s giants will be monitoring his situation closely, although the list of potential destinations probably only stands at two.
Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have the financial backing to fund a move for the 33-year-old, although Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague claims Juventus are looking into the possibility of pairing Messi with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Seeing Messi and Ronaldo playing together is an absorbing prospect. But apparently it WILL happen - just not at Juventus.
Former PSG midfielder Fabrice Pancrate believes that Ronaldo will join Messi in the French capital in 2021.
Not only that, but Pancrate claims Manchester City boss Guardiola will join the pair at the Parc des Princes.
"I'll tell you what I think. Beyond the city itself – because Manchester is ugly, it's grey, it's raining – there are plenty of things that make me say that Messi is going to Paris," Pancrate told Le Parisien.
"And Ronaldo will join him in 2021. And Guardiola too.
"I think Guardiola and Messi have spoken to each other before. Guardiola must have told him: 'We're going to mix things up. I want you in Manchester, but go to Paris and don't worry, next year I'll join you there.'
"I see it like that. And there, the slogan of PSG – 'let's dream bigger' – it makes perfect sense!
"It would be the first team in the world to bring together four aliens: Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe. With a crazy coach."
That is absolutely wild.
It seems like more of a pipe dream than anything concrete.
Of course, there have been rumours of Guardiola’s departure from Man City. It could very well happen at the end of the 2020/21 campaign if the Spaniard fails once again to lead City to Champions League glory.
And while we imagine PSG would love to have Messi, Ronaldo, Guardiola, Neymar and Mbappe together in a superteam, surely there are too many logistical hurdles to overcome?
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