For now Barcelona’s main man Lionel Messi is sticking around.
His old man (who also happens to be his agent) has even confirmed it, but Jorge Messi did leave a little bit of uncertainty around the Argentine’s future at the Nou Camp in comments released on Wednesday.
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Messi, 26, has spent his entire career with the Catalan club after moving to Barca as a 13-year-old. The four-time World Player of the Year has scored 364 goals in 437 games for Barcelona on the way to six La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions League trophies.
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But although his father has revealed Lionel is quite happy to stick around, he also confirmed they are willing to listen to other offers if they arrive.
“The plan is to stay here, but since people read between the lines they exaggerate” Messi Sr. said before adding. “Leo is happy, but if one day the club says, `We have an offer for you, we want to sell you,’ well, we would have to study it.”
Simpy put, there are only a handful of clubs who could realistically afford to buy and then pay Messi. Real Madrid (not going to happen), Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
As the perreninal debut over Messi or Ronaldo rumbles on, maybe a better question would be: who leaves their current club first, Messi or Ronaldo?
The Premier League seems like the most likely destination for both players, right now, but in truth it is very hard to see them not ending their careers at their respective clubs. Especially Messi, who has spent 14 years with Barcelona and has grown up with the club.
Are we reading between the lines of his fathers’ comments? Or did he want us to do that?