🔮 Four options for furious Lionel Messi if he left Barcelona

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Lewis Ambrose

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Barcelona lost their grip on the LaLiga title on Thursday night and it’s safe to say Lionel Messi was furious.

“We were a very erratic, very weak, low-intensity team,” he told reporters after a draw with Osasuna.

“We lost a lot of points and today’s game is a summary of the season.

“If we want to win the Champions League, we have to change a lot. If we continue like this, we will lose to Napoli.

“Everything we have experienced since January has been very bad. We have to change a lot of things. The fans are running out of patience because we’re not giving them anything. It’s normal.”

What if there’s a chance, just the smallest chance, he actually leaves Camp Nou? Here are four potential options for the Argentine.


The boss

Manchester City

A reunion with Pep Guardiola?

Manchester City are poised to go big this summer, having lost the Premier League title to Liverpool but won their appeal to have a Champions League ban overturned. Close friends with Sergio Agüero, there’s no bigger signing than Messi.

Many may have reservations about his age, he’s now 33, but Pep Guardiola would surely do anything to build another frontline around him.


The former team-mate

PSG

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Messi loves playing with Neymar and was devastated to see the Brazilian leave Camp Nou. It’s no secret he’s urged Barcelona to bring him back.

Well, there is another way they could link up. Maybe Thomas Tuchel wouldn’t want him, after all the German is already frustrated when Neymar doesn’t work back and Messi certainly conserves his energy for his attacking efforts.

But a Messi, Neymar, Mbappé frontline? Wow.


The GOATs

Juventus

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A 35-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo and a 33-year-old Lionel Messi in the same team?

It sounds like a disastrous long-term approach but the world would love to see it and Juventus are one of the few clubs in the world who may have the money to make it happen.

Just imagine the arguments over free-kick duties.


The homecoming

Newell’s Old Boys

“It’s a childhood dream of mine to play in the Newell’s shirt, though I don’t know if I can make it happen. It’s not just down to me, though. I’ve got three children.”

Newell’s is where Messi started his career, it’s the only club he loves other than Barcelona, it’s a dream of his. But he’s admitted convincing his family to move to Argentina has always been a tricky one, even if it is just for a year or two to see out his career.

It’s the romantic scenario and we always need a little more romance in football, right?