The world was shocked when Barcelona star forward, Lionel Messi, told the club that he wants out. As the days go on, the chances of Messi leaving are increasing. If this transfer takes place, it would be the biggest transfer ever in the history of soccer in financial terms.
Messi has a clause in his contract that states he can leave the club ten days after the season ends, but this year’s season ended late due to the pandemic. This clause was scheduled to happen from May 30 to June 10, 2020. Messi would be able to leave the club without penalty. In his original contract with FC Barcelona, Messi had a €700 million buyout if he was to leave the team before his contract ended.
Along with the financial problem this deal would bring to FC Barcelona, Messi has led this club to a dynasty this past decade. His absence would affect the leadership of the team. The players will need someone to stand up and try to fill the shoes of Messi. Messi led this club to 10 La Liga titles, 4 UEFA Champions League titles, and 6 Copas Del Rey.
The front-runner for acquiring this superstar forward is Manchester City. Manchester City is preparing to offer Messi a 5 year, €700 million, super contract. That is equivalent to $1.13 billion which would be the biggest contract in football history. Could Manchester City’s super deal to acquire the superstar forward Lionel Messi help them continue their domination in the Premier League?