Could Lionel Messi really do the unthinkable and leave Barcelona in the near future…
For the first time ever, Lionel Messi could actually leave Barcelona. For a man always billed as a future one-club player, any move could have unthinkable ramifications across European football.
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Reports in the Daily Mail confirm that Messi is unhappy under new manager Luis Enrique, who left the Argentinian on the bench for their recent 1-0 defeat against David Moyes’ Real Sociedad.
Barcelona are believed to be in full-blown meltdown, with turmoil behind the scenes, and Messi could be looking for an escape route – with Chelsea already heavily linked with a record breaking move, also by the Daily Mail.
Could Messi be a success outside of Barcelona? Would he risk his legacy by moving abroad, or will he stay put. Here are five potential candidates for his signature if he did become available:
5) Manchester United
Would It Happen: Louis van Gaal’s Man United have proved that they’re not scared to throw money around. Who would have thought they’d sign Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao without even having Champions League football to offer? If they continue their revival under the Dutchman then this could be a real possibility next summer.
How They’d Line-Up (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Rojo, Shaw, Carrick, Herrera, Di Maria, Messi, Rooney, Van Persie.
Chances Of Bid Success (if he’s available): 6/10