Lionel Messi becomes a free agent
The football world was bombed yesterday when Barcelona announced that Lionel Messi would not renew his contract in Catalonia.
LATEST NEWS | Lion #Messi will not continue with FC Barcelona
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 5, 2021
In their official announcement, Barcelona pointed the blame straight to La Liga, saying:
Although FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi have reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen due to financial and structural obstacles (Spanish league regulations).
As a result of this situation, Messi will not stay at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club are ultimately not fulfilled.
This sent shock waves among football fans, with many immediately speculating on where the Argentine might end up on August 31st.
Paris Saint Germain contacts the Argentine
One of the fan-suggested destinations was of course the Paris Saint Germain cash flush. With Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria on the front lines, it would be a fantastic opportunity to add Messi, both to win the long-awaited Champions League and to bring a global icon to the club.
And, according to Athletic, PSG have actually been among the clubs that have contacted Lionel Messi since the news broke.
Tonight I was told that Lionel Messi had made direct contact with Mauricio Pochettino to initiate the move to PSG. In France everything escalated between 9 p.m. and midnight (1/2) @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/vxfydWM6NI
– Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) August 5, 2021
According to Adam Crafton, the French club is having “internal discussions on how this can be done,” with Messi reportedly making £ 500,000 a week at Camp Nou.
“PSG” [are] are already exploring ways with trading partners to maximize opportunities. Calculation that Messi’s signing will bring in more than it costs “
If PSG pulled through the signing, the sponsorship deals would certainly fill French clubs coffers even more than before and they could confidently say they have the best forward line in the world, perhaps in history.
Chelsea and the other three possible landing spots for Lionel Messi
The two Premier League clubs Sergio Ramos turned it down before joining PSG. changed