A generation-defining football player, Lionel Messi’s supreme talent has allowed him to win a plethora of major trophies during his career as well as a host of individual awards.
During his time at Barcelona, the Argentine has helped the club clinch four Champions League titles whilst his spectacular consistency has resulted in him claiming no fewer than six Ballon d’Or awards.
Yet with his current deal at the Camp Nou set to expire this summer, Messi’s future is currently uncertain.
Will the forward sign a new deal? Which clubs are looking to sign Messi on a free transfer?
Let us shed some light on his current situation…
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What’s the latest transfer news involving Lionel Messi?
When you consider that Messi is arguably the most famous player in world football, it is hardly a surprise that there is a lot of speculation surrounding his future.
After failing to secure a move away from Barcelona last September, the forward dusted himself down and subsequently went on to enjoy a fruitful 2020/21 campaign.
A report by AS Diario earlier this month revealed that Messi has entered talks with the Blaugrana over the prospect of signing a new deal which would result in him staying at the club for the foreseeable future.
However, according to The Sun, the forward was reportedly open to a potential move to Manchester City if the English side are willing to pay him £500,000-per-week.
28/05/2021: Speaking in an official news conference to Spanish media (as cited by Sky Sports) about Messi's future, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed that he is relatively optimistic that the forward will sign a new deal.
Laporta also admitted that progress had been made in relation to the club's ongoing talks with the 33-year-old and an official contract offer will be tabled soon.
01/06/2021: According to Spanish journalist Miguel Rico, Messi is now set to sign a new two-year deal at Barcelona.
The winger has reportedly agreed to the financial terms that were offered to him by the Blaugrana and will line-up alongside new signings Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia next season.
11/06/2021: As per a fresh report by The Sun, it has been revealed that Barcelona have offered Messi the opportunity to play in the MLS in 2023 as part of a long-term deal which will see him become an ambassador for the club following his retirement.
It is understood that Inter Miami, who are co-owned by David Beckham, are extremely confident that they will be able to win the race in the United States for the forward's signature.
What are the odds on Lionel Messi’s next club?
Although Barcelona are trying to prevent their talisman from leaving, Pep Guardiola’s City remain the favourites to sign Messi according to Oddschecker.
A move to any Major League Soccer side is second on the list ahead of Inter Milan who are third favourites.
Manchester United are fourth in line whilst Paris Saint-Germain are fifth favourites to secure Messi’s services.
Below is the rundown of the current odds:
Manchester City – 11/2
Any MLS club – 9/1
Inter Milan – 16/1
Manchester United – 20/1
Paris Saint-Germain – 30/1
What is Lionel Messi’s style of play?
A magician with the ball at his feet, Messi can create or score a goal at any moment as he is arguably the most naturally gifted player football has seen since Diego Maradona.
Although he is not as quick as he used to be, the forward has arguably got better in terms of his overall footballing ability as he now able to dictate the tempo of a game in a similar way to how Andres Iniesta and Xavi did during their respective spells at Barcelona.
Having played a pivotal part in one of the greatest club sides in history during Guardiola’s time in charge of Barca, a re-union with the Spanish coach at the Etihad Stadium would suit Messi as he will slot right into their possession-based style of play which has been extremely effective this season.
How many goals has Lionel Messi scored during his career?
Alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi has taken the art of scoring goals to new heights during his career.
Although Messi has yet to win an international trophy with Argentina, he has still managed to find the back of the net on 72 occasions for his country in 144 appearances.News Now - Sport News