Messi Free Agent: Lionel Andres Messi was born June 24th, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina to a steel factory manager and a magnet manufacturing worker. Messi joined his first real competitive club at the age of six. He joined the Newell’s Old Boys and scored almost 500 goals in his six years there.

After those years his family was able to arrange a trial with Barcelona in September 2000 and team director Charly Rexach wanted to sign him right away. He wasn’t signed right away because it was odd for European clubs to sign a kid so young.

Barcelona needed to prove their commitment to Messi and offered him a contract on a napkin. Since that day Messi has done great things for Barcelona and his fans.

During his time in Barcelona, he has won six Ballon d’Or awards, six European Golden Shoes, 34 trophies, 10 La Liga titles, 6 Copa del Rey, and 4 UEFA Champions Leagues. He holds the record for most goals (460), assists (168) and hat-tricks (36) in La Liga.

Now Messi will be taking his talents somewhere new this summer. This summer Lionel Messi will become a free agent and he will leave Barcelona, the club he has been with since the age of 13.

Messi wanted to leave a year ago but he decided not to take Barcelona to court over a clause that would’ve allowed him to leave Camp Nou last year. Even though Messi can talk to other teams already his contract doesn’t officially end until June.

Many clubs would love to sign Messi but we all know he is going to have a huge contract so only some of the biggest teams will be able to bid for him.

Paris Saint-German (PSG) has shown a lioness for Messi and Manchester City planned to sign Messi last year before he committed to one more year with Barcelona. This year Man City has been relatively quiet about Messi but that is all part of their plan to sign him.

They are waiting till March or April to finalize their interest. PSG is doing the opposite and they are making public bids for Messi to the media and others. This isn’t a wise strategy when it comes to landing Messi.

A Barcelona source said “Leo doesn’t like all that noise in the media and even less the type of comments being made. If Messi signs with Man City this summer he will be reuniting with his former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola at Etihad Stadium.

Former Manchester City player Trevor Sinclair said last November after Pep signed a new two-year contract “Messi is inevitable”. “I can’t see it any other way.

He is too young to go back to Argentina, and I don’t think there is any other club where they have the right manager in place where Messi could go in and feel comfortable under that manager. “I feel it is inevitable it is going to happen and I can’t wait for it to happen.
The presidential elections in Barcelona will play a role in Messi leaving Barcelona. Once the election is over then he will make a decision. Messi has said over the years that he needs a winning campaign and the money comes second.

He could be willing to take a pay cut with Man City or PSG this summer. Messi is one of the best if not the best soccer player in the world and if Man City can land him they must do it.

Messi is quite expensive for example he cost 8% of Barcelona’s revenue which is a lot but he produces 30% of Barcelona’s revenue. Messi’s transfer announcement is going to be the most exciting thing to happen this summer.

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