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Barcelona/Messi Saga – Episode 2: Lionel Messi Has Went From Demanding To Asking Nicely To Leave

It seems as though Lionel Messi has made up his mind. He wants to leave Barcelona and he wants to leave now.

Messi is known for making rash decisions, especially after bad football games. He retired from international football after Argentina lost the Copa America final in 2016 (he unretired soon after). Now Messi asked to leave Barcelona after they lost 8-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final. On the surface, the decision may seem a bit rash BUT, this time, it’s a bit different.

Messi has beef with Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and he isn’t keen on new head coach Ronald Koeman.

Last week Messi threw his toys out the pram and demanded a transfer elsewhere. After taking a deep breath and standing in a corner for a few moments, Messi has remembered to say please.


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The internet streets say Lionel Messi has asked the club twice for a friendly exit. He doesn’t want to face a lawsuit against the club he loves. Barcelona sacked their law firm Cuatrecasas for advising Messi on an exit strategy for leaving the club so it seems Lionel Messi has legal options. However, Barcelona are said to legally refute the standing of this claim and they will not allow him to leave the club unless his €700m release clause is activated by another club.

It’s time. It’s time for Barcelona to let go. Lionel Messi will go down as the greatest player to ever wear a Barcelona jersey. They believed in him when he was a 13-year-old pimple-faced teen and he repaid them with all the accolades he has won for them. Why drag this on any longer and get bad press over it?

Barcelona fans will be distraught at the potential of losing the best player on the planet but it may be time for the team to rebuild. This won’t be the last episode in the Messi/Barcelona Saga. Barcelona are going to fight tooth and nail to not let him go.

I’ll keep you posted.

By @chizfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)

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Lionel Messi to Manchester City

Would The Signing Of Messi Really Be A Good Move For Manchester City? I’m Just Asking…

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. 😔


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Lionel Messi fax to Barcelona: ‘I want to leave!’


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:

  1. Manchester City have enough attacking players, they don’t have a problem scoring they have a problem of keeping them out.
  2. 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? 
  3. 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)

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Lionel Messi fax to Barcelona: ‘I want to leave!’

There comes a time in everybody’s life when they have to leave the nest and fly away (Unless you are a millennial, of course). It seems as though the time has come for the G.O.A.T. Lionel Messi. Ronald Koeman was announced as Barcelona manager last week and in his first meeting he told Luis Suarez to take a hike and Messi that ‘your privileges in the squad are OVER.

This didn’t sit well with the Messi so he went home, blew the dust and cobwebs off his fax machine and faxed in a transfer request to Barcelona. 


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This act by Messi shouldn’t have come as a surprise. He had been openly irritated at the goings-on in Barca boardroom for a while. He dislikes Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, he didn’t think highly of now fired head coach Quique Setién, and he thinks his teammates, for a lack of a better word, stink.

Lionel Messi has been carrying this Barcelona team for the past couple of years. He is fed up. In the last couple of months, Messi has threatened to leave if things don’t change. At that time I thought he was bluffing but now I think he is serious. I mean the guy sent a fax. Who sends faxes nowadays???

Ronald Koeman and Messi won’t get along. Koeman is known to be a hard-nosed disciplinarian and Messi likes it when the coaches brown-nose a little bit. At the end of the day, it will be up to Barcelona to let their child go. He has a one year left on his contract. Plus, nobody in their right state of mind will pay his $828 million buy out clause. 

By @cheezfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)

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Jessica Motaung Barcelona Kit and Kaizer Chiefs Simmilarities

Jessica Motaung ‘disappointed’ With Nike Due to Similarities Between Barcelona And Kaizer Chiefs Jerseys

LaLiga’s FC Barcelona released images of their 2020/2021 away jersey on their social media on Friday. This jersey looked terribly familiar to me🤔👀…

 


 

Oh yes… I know where I’ve seen it before!, Barcelona’s new away jersey looks exactly like Kaizer Chiefs’ 50th-anniversary jersey:

Kaizer Chiefs’ marketing director, Jessica Motaung, expressed her disappointment at the similarities in the kits. 

“I’ve had several discussions with Nike about it,” Motaung told TimesLIVE.

“Look, we were actually very instrumental in the design of our 50th-anniversary jersey. The chairman [Kaizer Motaung] was very clear about the colours. Because if you remember the chairman had a black jersey with gold that he wore many years ago.

“They had the gold numbers and the things like that. And that design was extremely club-inspired, and we were very specific. Some of the designs that we received were not quite there, and we were clear on the heritage and what we wanted.


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“We were very clear about the importance and magnitude of it, and that it wasn’t a small milestone for us. And we loved what were arrived at, and I appreciate the work that Nike has done.

“I was made aware of the new Barcelona design before it hit the market, and I have to be honest we were surprised.

“Also because of the major outcry for stock that we had [for the 50th jersey]. It should have been produced for a market that was very excited for a 50th jersey.

“And I understand that Nike does projections and they look at past things, but this was a significant milestone that we knew would catapult demand.

“And we were advised about the lack of material that we used for our jersey. So we were surprised when we saw the Barcelona jersey.

“I do know that certain designs will be used again. But the timing was also very soon.”

Let me let you know my feelings about this upfront: Nike was wrong for doing this. 😔

Sports apparel corporations are known to recycle kit designs and release them as brand new in other markets. The logistics of designing a different jersey for every club around the world, every year, is impractical. However, in this situation, if we take Jessica’s word for it, this would mean Kaizer Chiefs basically designed the jersey themselves.

Kaizer Chiefs highlighted the magnitude and significance of the jersey to Nike. For Nike to use the same exact design for another club a season later is shameful. 

Kaizer Chiefs has a big fan base and their supporters purchase their overly priced jersey’s every season. For Nike to disregard the importance of the club’s 50th-anniversary shows how much they think of Kaizer Chiefs and it’s supporters.

 

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[Podcast] The Soccer Podcast Without A Name (Yet) S01E25

 

Bongani ‘Da Bongz’ Nkosi and Thabang ‘Da Real Cheez’ Kgeledi discuss this week’s soccer topics.

The Discussion This Week:

1. The PSL Suspend the league until further notice.
2. The shutdown of English football was extended until at least 30 April.
3. Swiss club FC Sion have dismissed eight players without notice.
4. FC Barcelona cut ties with imprisoned Ronaldinho
5. Nigerian John Obi Mikel quits Turkish club over coronavirus fears

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