Lionel Messi is one of the most popular footballers in the twenty-first century. He plays as a forward for the Argentina national team and FC Barcelona. Many punters who engage in sports betting at Betway support him. The Argentine team captain has won six European Golden Shoes and six Ballon d’Or awards. He has played for Barcelona in his whole football career. But, Messi stunned the football world when he recently signed a $1.1 billion deal with Manchester City. Read on to learn more about him.
Messi’s Stunning Deal with Manchester City
Reports state that Messi agreed to a five-year contract with Man City. It will be a record-breaking football transfer. The Argentinian player expressed his interest to leave Barcelona a few days ago, after playing for the club for two decades. Man City has been interested in signing him for a while as it tries to improve its squad before the 2020/2021 English Premier League season begins. Many Premier League fans who take part in online sports betting were delighted by the news.
A report from The Daily Records shows that City Football Groups (CFG) agreed to a contract worth $1.1 billion (€700 million) with Lionel Messi. The company owns several soccer clubs including Melbourne City, New York City, and Manchester City. Messi will play for Man City for three seasons and later join New York City for two years before he ends his professional football career. Millions of social media users have been discussing the stunning football transfer.
La Liga and FC Barcelona claim that they can only end his current deal through the $1.1 billion release clause. His contract with the Spanish team was to end in June 2021. Even so, Messi needs to agree to a fee and sort out the current clause situation between Manchester City and Barcelona before the deal is sealed. It will enable him to reunite with Pep Guardiola, a former manager at Barcelona.
Lionel Messi’s Fast Approaching Exit at Barcelona
Ronald Koeman replaced Quique Setien as the coach of FC Barcelona. But, Messi was absent when the club started its pre-season training. He sent a transfer request to Ronald stating his desire to leave the club. The Argentine forward missed the Coronavirus testing of Barcelona’s first-team squad. His current contract allows him to leave Barcelona on a free transfer. So, he believes that he isn’t a Barcelona player anymore.
Football enthusiasts claim that Barcelona’s 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter finals might have influenced Messi to reconsider playing for the Spanish club next season. His transfer will be a huge blow to Barcelona as Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.
Messi is a prolific forward who makes amazing moves on the pitch. He has the highest number of hat tricks in the La Liga and Betway often gives him fewer odds as an anytime goalscorer compared to other famous players. The footballer has scored more than 700 career goals for Argentina and Barcelona.