FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi met the team’s new manager Ronald Koeman last Thursday to discuss the future, specifically whether he’ll stay or leave. Messi just told Barça that he wants to continue his career on another team.
Messi Talked to Koeman
The Argentine was on vacation after Barça’s disastrous 8-2 loss in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals against Bayern Munich. Messi interrupted his vacation because team president Josep Maria Bartomeu wanted him to speak with Koeman.
Per RAC1.cat, Messi told Koeman that “he does not see his future at Barça clearly.” The 33-year-old is leaning more towards leaving Camp Nou than staying, though he knows that his buyout clause of €700 million complicates an exit before his contract expires at the end of next season.
Koeman was unveiled as FC Barcelona’s new head coach on August 19th and he made it clear that he wants to coach Lionel Messi next season.
“For me as a coach I would love to work with Messi because he wins matches. For now he still has a contract, he’s still a Barcelona player. I need to speak to him, he’s the captain. We need to work with him and speak to various players. In Messi’s case I hope he stays with us.”
Why Messi Wants to Leave
Failing to win La Liga this year disappointed Messi. This, along with the humiliation against Bayern Munich and other disappointing exits from the UEFA Champions League in recent years convinced Messi that it might be time to end his time with FC Barcelona. The Daily Mirror reported that Manchester City is ready to do “whatever it takes” to reunite Messi with Pep Guardiola.
Former Barça star Rivaldo talked about Messi’s future back in July. “If he is considering leaving the club, then something mustn’t be good in the Barcelona dressing room and perhaps he is tired with all the constant problems that have surrounded the club in the last few months,” Rivaldo said.
Would Messi and Ronaldo Co-Exist on the Same Team?
Lionel Messi recently brushed aside his fierce rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo and even suggested that he would pass to him if they played together.
“I guess so, in the end, yes,” Messi told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo. Messi even praised Ronaldo and called him a “predatory striker.” “It’s normal that he continues to score, he is a predatory striker, he loves to score, any day he plays he will score. He has many good attributes as a forward and at the
Cristiano Ronaldo also said the two superstars don’t share any bad blood. A five-time Ballon d’Or winner, CR7 praised his competitive rivalry with Messi and admitted that he would love to have dinner with him someday.
This is what Ronaldo said ahead of the UEFA Champions League draw last August: “We have shared the stage 15 years. I don’t know if that’s happened before — the same two guys on the same stage all the time.
Of course, we have a good relationship. We haven’t had dinner together yet, but I hope in the future. We had that battle in Spain. I pushed him and he pushed me as well. So it’s good to be part of the history of football.”
Messi Asks to Leave FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi has told FC Barcelona that he wants to leave. Barça held an emergency meeting to discuss the issue. Messi, FC Barcelona’s all-time leader in goals, titles and La Liga wins, will have plenty of suitors. What’s next? Sportsbook Review has soccer odds on offer for Messi’s next team:
- Manchester City +200
- Inter Milan +300
- Juventus +400
- Paris Saint-Germain +500
- Manchester United +1000
- Bayern Munich +1200
- Liverpool +1200
- Newell’s Old Boys +1500
- AC Milan +2000
- Inter Miami +2500
- LA Galaxy +3300
- Arsenal +4000
- Chelsea +4000
- Leeds United +5000
- Real Madrid +6600
Moisés Llorens and Rodrigo Fáez from ESPN FC reported that Manchester City