PSG is leading the chase for 34-year old Lionel Messi. Manchester United and Arsenal are also in the race. The Paris giants are in pole position to sign the free agent whose salary take home runs to about $72m
Barcelona needed to sell players to raise the funds to be able to renew Messi’s deal, but the club struggled to do so. The club claims they are constrained by the league’s salary cap, even if Messi agreed to a 50% pay cut. However, the Catalan club is burdened by a colossal total debt of €1,173 million, the result of an astronomical wage bill and years of chronic mismanagement.
It is not the first time the relationship between Barcelona and its talisman has broken down. Last year, when the word ‘burofax’ trended, Messi also wanted to leave the club, but this time it seems there is no way back. Barcelona’s salaries account for 110% of its income. Club president Joan Laporta has said in the past that they “do not comply with financial fair play regulations.”
Last season, Barcelona had a salary limit of €347 million and that limit has been reduced again for the upcoming campaign.
Aged 13, Messi joined La Masia in 2000, going on to feature in 778 game for the Blaugrana, scoring 672 goals in a monumental trophy haul that included 10 league titles, four Champions Leagues, seven Cope dey Rel, eight Super Cup, three Club World Cup and six Ballon d'Or titles.
His likely move out of Spain will put to rest the debate over who is the greatest between Cristiano Ronaldo and him following the former's success from Portugal to England to Span and Italy. Should Messi excel as expected in his new club, his fans will maintain that he is the greatest.
So where will Messi land? Who gets him?