Lionel Messi is on the brink of leaving Barcelona for the first time in his illustrious 16-year career.
The Argentine superstar wants to quit Camp Nou this summer, rather than next, following the club’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
There are many reasons why Messi has taken this tough decision to walk away from the club and city he loves.
Messi doesn’t believe in the sporting project at Barça under the club’s current president Josep Maria Bartomeu and is also unhappy with various decisions that have been made in recent years.
The decision to sign Antoine Griezmann instead of Neymar, the decision to replace Ernesto Valverde with Quique Setien and the decision to axe his close friend Luis Suarez are all among the contributing factors.
Where will Messi end up? That’s the million-dollar question.
However, one club is currently leading the race for the South American’s signature - and that’s Manchester City.
The Premier League club are now ‘optimistic’ about their chance of bringing Messi to England this summer.
Some football fans believe that Messi, who turned 33 in June, might struggle to produce his best form in the Premier League.
That’s despite the fact he was, by some considerable distance, the best player in La Liga last season.
He also recorded the best individual WhoScored.com rating of any player in the 2019-20 Champions League - despite the defeat to Bayern - with the exception of Robert Lewandowski.
Of course, Messi is yet to prove that he could perform week-in, week-out in the Premier League.
But there is enough evidence to suggest that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner would have no problem producing a masterclass on a cold, wet Tuesday night away at Burnley.
In 34 matches against English clubs, Messi has netted 26 goals and provided six assists.
He’s produced match-winning performances against Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Man City down the years.
And this video of Messi against the aforementioned English clubs shows he’s more than ready for the Premier League…
It seems pretty conclusive, doesn’t it?
Messi has destroyed English clubs before and there’s nothing to suggest he’d have any trouble doing the same thing on a weekly basis, surrounded by the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.
The legendary forward has scored nine goals in six games against Arsenal, three in 10 against Chelsea, two in four against Liverpool, six against City, four against Man Utd (including two in Champions League finals) and two against Spurs.
If Messi ends up at the Etihad Stadium, the rest of the Premier League is in serious trouble.
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