I’m sure everybody and their momma has heard Lionel Messi wants out of Barcelona. Word of the internet streets is Manchester City have their gun cocked and loaded, ready to pull the trigger on the transfer of Messi. But, would a move to Manchester be beneficial for both parties?
Manchester City is a team that underperformed in the 2019/20 Premier League season. Their only achievement was to win the league cup. Liverpool beat them to the title by 18 points, they got knocked out of the FA Cup by a weak Arsenal team, and they got sent home for the Champions League bubble by Olympique Lyon. 😔
Lionel Messi has demanded a move away from Barcelona. The team that signed him when he was a pre-teen stuffed things up this season. They lost the La Liga title to an average Real Madrid side, hired a coach that was clearly out of depth, and got the tombstone piledriver by Bayern Munich in the Champions. Sorry Barcelona fans I 8-2 to bring that up again.
An underperforming club and the world’s greatest player who is disillusioned by his current team. It also helps Manchester City is coached by Pep Guardiola. The man who gave Lionel Messi the keys to the Barcelona offence in Pep’s time at the Camp Nou.
It seems like a match made in heaven right?
Uhm, I’m not so sure. Here are a few reasons why:
- Manchester City have enough attacking players, they don’t have a problem scoring they have a problem of keeping them out.
- Messi is great but is even better with an offence built around him. Should Guardiola change the way his City team plays to accommodate Messi?
- Messi is going to cost Manchester City, who are already in the UEFA’s Financial Fair Play sleuths radar, a lot of money to sign him. How can they justify the funds especially with coronavirus?
By @chizfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)