Yesterday, the news broke that despite the intention of Barcelona and Lionel Messi to commit to a new contract, La Liga refused. Messi will no longer be a Barcelona player. La Liga asked Barcelona to reduce their wage bill and Messi accepted a 50% wage cut but Javier Tebas and the La Liga board were still not pleased. It means that one of the greatest footballers of all time can be picked up on a free transfer. Even at 34, he is still one of the best around. He scored 30 goals last season in La Liga and created 22 big chances. In 6 UEFA Champions League matches, he scored 5 goals and created 4 big chances. At the just-concluded Copa America which his side won, he scored 4 goals and created 6 big chances in 7 games. Messi is still a phenom.
While free transfers look like huge bargains, it puts players, their agents, and family members in a position where they can demand outrageous sign-on fees and salaries. There are only a handful of clubs that can pull off this deal. While free transfers look like huge bargains, it puts players, their agents and family members in a position where they can demand for outrageous sign-on fees and salaries. The world is looking at Manchester City and PSG as they are the only clubs that can afford is incredible wages. PSG have added Gini Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, and Achraf Hakimi already but there is always space for a player like Messi. Several sources in Spain and France are reporting that the Argentine is in contact with the French side over a transfer.
If there is anyone that can push PSG over the UEFA Champions League finish line, it is Messi. Not like Mauricio Pochettino will be complaining about his current squad that already boasts of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel di Maria, and Marco Verratti. However, as good as these players are, they are no Lionel Messi. Let us see how this one plays out.