The place subsequent for Lionel Messi as he prepares to go away Barcelona?
Lionel Messi’s stint at Barcelona appears to be over after the Spanish giants announced that LaLiga regulations made it impossible for him to sign a new deal.
Here the PA news agency takes a look at where the Argentine playmaker could end up next.
Pep Guardiola (left) was successful with Lionel Messi in Barcelona (Nick Potts / PA)
Messi already has a strong bond with City boss Pep Guardiola from their time together at Nou Camp. While City appear to be able to more than live up to Messi’s personal terms, they have already brought in Jack Grealish from Aston Villa this summer and are said to have their sights set on England captain Harry Kane.
Could Neymar expect to see Lionel Messi again in Paris? (Adam Davy / PA)
The French giants are another club that likely won’t shy away from a hefty salary package for such a commitment that would increase marketing revenues around the world. Working again with former Barcelona team-mate Neymar would be another temptation, as would the development of French striker Kylian Mbappe’s talents.
Major League Soccer
David Beckham made a top-class move to MLS after leaving Real Madrid in 2007 (PA Archives)
Messi turned 34 in June, an age at which some high profile players might consider moving to the States to follow David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic into Major League Soccer. Messi would undoubtedly be the biggest name to ever set foot in the MLS if they took such a move.
Newell’s old boys
Messi started the Rosario club at the age of six and they continue to have a special place in his heart. The sentiment in football only pays off for so much, however, and the chances of a move back to his home country seem slim as Newell is likely to struggle to meet Messi’s wage demands.
In their statement, which shocked the football world on Thursday evening, the Catalan giants stressed that both the club and the player had reached an agreement on Messi’s whereabouts but were prevented from completing the contract extension “for financial reasons” and structural barriers ”from LaLiga. Should those hurdles be overcome for any reason, Messi could wear the Barca number 10 shirt again this season.