Football superstar Lionel Messi shocked the world by declaring that he could leave Barcelona. What team will the Argentinian forward sign for in the next transfer window?
Joining Barcelona at the age of 13, Lionel Messi made his competitive debut at the age of 17 in 2004.
The 33-year-old informed FC Barcelona of his intention to exercise a clause in his contract allowing him to leave the club on a free transfer immediately. Barcelona last played on August 15 when they were thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
There will be plenty of clubs looking to sign Messi who has won the Ballon d’Or a record six times. Manchester City is one of the key teams looking to acquire Messi with several other Premier League rivals also in the hunt.
Messi could follow in the footsteps of former teammate Neymar and leave Barcelona for Paris St Germain. Another option could be taking a page out of long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s playbook and leaving Spain for Italy; Ronaldo left Real Madrid to join Juventus in 2018.
The key question right now is who will Lionel Messi play for next and how much will he be paid? We look at the leading teams that could sign one of soccer’s biggest ever stars.