Make no mistake; Leo Messi is a big reason why Barcelona have been at the pinnacle both on and off the pitch for over a decade. But, recent developments at the Nou Camp seem to be putting the 30-year-old’s future in doubt. Down is some reasons why we may witness the end of Messi’s Catalan fairytale.
With the Catalan separatists keen on calling a vote for independence, the geography of Spain is much closer to being split into two in the recent days. Financially, it would signal a loss for Lionel Messi. The Argentine is a big brand in football, and his earnings could be affected with his stocks expected to fall.
To top it all, the safety of his family is another issue Messi will need to address; if Catalonia wins their independence. With Spain and Catalonia no closer to ending their tug-of-war, Nou Camp would emerge as the biggest loser.
4. Barcelona’s Incompetency In Transfer Windows
Money matters a great deal in the modern day football. Barca stands nowhere near the shopping sprees of the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Paris Saint Germain. With big-shots like Cesc Fabregas, Xavi and Neymar leaving Barcelona in recent times, the Catalan midfield has seen a considerable degradation in their quality.
The current Barcelona midfield is nowhere near the one they had a decade ago. This in-turn affects Messi’s play; he now needs to fulfill playmaking duties instead of being the main forward.
3. The Endless Tax Issues
The infamous tax issues have been haunting the mercurial forward for years now. Messi and his father have repeatedly seen convictions in tax fraud issues. Barcelona’s failure to tie Messi to a new deal might as well seem them losing their most prized asset for free.
Apart from financial losses, such issues also harm the reputation of a well-known player. A decision to switch clubs might also relieve him of this endless torture.
2. Healthy Relations With Pep
Messi knows there won’t be a scarcity of worthy suitors if he makes up his mind to move to a new club. With the likes of Paris Saint Germain, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all having their coffers filled to the brim, he would easily get the salary he desires.
Manchester City is the most expected destination for the Rosario-born forward, owing to his healthy relations with boss Pep Guardiola. But can they succeed in pouncing at Barcelona for Lionel Messi?
1. Ending the debate
In the age-old debate of Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi, one disadvantage is always hampering of him being better than Ronaldo. And, a move to Premier League might well offer him a chance to emerge as the ultimate best amongst the two.
It has raised certain doubts whether he can be equally good as Ronaldo was in the Premier League. Messi shredded the defenses of all the top English clubs in the UEFA Champions League, but that sole fact isn’t enough to shut out his haters.
Would he have “a hard time on a cold, wet night at Stoke”?