Last summer, for the first time in his career, Lionel Messi wanted to leave Barcelona dissatisfied with the devastation at the club that has been going on for some time. Barça somehow managed to keep him by force, but next summer they can't do anything.
Messi's contract with the Catalans expires at the end of this season and the Argentine is free to choose a new club. As he has not sent any signals so far to approve and see some progress in the club, it is increasingly certain that he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season.
A real miracle should happen and a huge turn in the functioning of the club should follow in order for Messi to have mercy to stay and sign a new contract. And even Barcelona in such a financial situation would probably not be able to offer him the previous 50,000,000 euros he earned.
This means that the club pays around 100,000,000 euros gross per year for his contract. All these are signals for interested clubs that the moment is "now or never" for signing him. This opportunity will never come again because Messi will probably never change the club in Europe after this.
Manchester City and PSG in the race
And only two clubs can start the realization of such an ambitious project. Of course, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. We can't even imagine the others in that story. Juventus has already done that once with Ronaldo and did not get the Champions League that he expected, Milan and Inter do not have that money, Liverpool and Bayern are not from that story, Manchester United is looking for the younger ones, Chelsea is not bringing the older ones.
Only Arab dollars in Manchester and Paris can do it. It's no secret that they tried again this summer. For them, it is already a matter of prestige. Especially considering the rivalry between PSG and City. Arabs from the UAE have been dreaming of the Messi in City for years.
They are ready for anything to finally realize their long-standing obsession and bring him to England. But the Qataris in Paris are also wondering. And they want only the best and they will have no problem giving a mega-contract for the Argentine ace.
Especially since they could be left without Kylian Mbappe, who is entering the last year of his contract, in the summer. There are no indications that he will extend it, and Real have been waiting for him for a long time.
The sale of Mbape for about 160,000,000 euros would also open space for the Messi. And friends are waiting for him there too. They are hoping that the tandem of great friends Neymar - Messi would be the strongest trump card for the much desired Champions League.
There are also Messi's compatriots Di Maria, Paredes, coach Pochettino ... "It's up to the Messi to decide where to go. PSG is trying to convince him to come", Leo Paredes said today. And recently, the director of the French club Leonardo spoke about that possibility.
"PSG is always in the game for the best players like Messi and they will always be on our wish list," said the Brazilian