Reports have surfaced in various online media outlets that Barcelona superstar and talisman, Lionel Messi has issued a come-and-get-me plea to English giants Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea amidst reports of a lingering internal crisis at the Catalan club. Trusted sources insist that Messi can be lured to either team if a bid in excess of £500m is tabled.
Messi, 27, is reported to have fallen out with the Manager, Luis Enrique due to his training methods which have not been well received by majority of the senior playing personnel. The former Spain international, he a club legend has sought to limit the almost larger than life influence of the talismanic Argentine within the club ranks, a stance which Messi has vehemently rejected.
However, despite the lingering internecine crisis at the club, it is a no-brainer that the club would never consider selling him to any of the two afore-mentioned teams. Firstly the Catalan giants have been slammed with a 2-year player transfer ban for the underhand tactics they employed in trying to lure under age players to the club. It would therefore be unthinkable that they will be selling any player soon, not the least their best player by a mile.
The Rosario-born native has often been the go-to man when it comes to getting the goals for Barca for the last decade as he has proven time and again to be the match winner and difference maker, scoring tons of goals, many of them decisive and important and it would amount to suicide if they decide to sell him as his goals directly impact the down line in that goals fetch trophies and trophies bring in commercial endorsements, which is the fiscal life-blood of a big club like Barcelona.
Secondly it is no secret that Barcelona’s period of absolute domestic and continental dominance were during the times when the Argentine was at the peak of his powers and it is only plausible that they will feel that it is important to keep their prized jewel happy because once he is happy, there are very few defences on planet earth that can stop him. And if it would take the departure of Luis Enrique for him to be happy, they would not mind firing him.
The wane of the club’s grip on the mantle of continental and domestic totem of power coincided with the time when the Argentine was unhappy-the sad demise of former first-team coach, Tito Vilanova who lost a long battle to cancer, the tax-evasion case, and several career-interrupting injuries that contributed in a subsequent loss of form contributed in no small measure to the unhappy state of mind of the brilliant Argentine.
Messi’s rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo is one that would continue to divide and delight fans and pundits alike in equal measure. Barcelona are not stupid too because they know that for them to be within touching distance of their fiercest rivals, Real Madrid they have to ensure that Messi remains at Camp Nou for many years probably for the rest of his career. And the capital club isnot their only direct rivals but Chelsea and Manchester City, two teams who are bent on maintaining a grip at the pinnacle of European football and it will simply be foolhardy to sell their most prized asset to their rivals no matter the price on offer.