Marca have provided a detailed report as to why Lionel Messi’s career at FC Barcelona could be coming to an end and it is difficult to think otherwise at this moment in time.
The Argentine superstar has continued to fuel speculation surrounding his future at the club as he continues to repeat that he does not know what will happen in six-months time. He said just as much in an interview with LaSexta over the weekend.
Indeed, movements could be happening rather soon as Messi is free to speak to clubs abroad from January 1, as he will have entered the last six months of his contract at the Nou Camp. However, it is thought he will make his decision at the end of the current campaign.
Barcelona already realise they will be facing an uphill battle to keep Messi at the club, however there are a number of factors that Marca have identified that may keep him from committing his future to Blaugrana. For those users at betting24, making a prediction on what he may do next could be rather difficult.
Barcelona’s poor title challenge
There is no doubt that FC Barcelona are in a transition period, however that has had a huge impact on them on the pitch.
Ronald Koeman came in as the manager and made sure everyone knew he was the boss but Messi was clearly hoping that things would work out immediately and not that they would have to go through a phase.
“I knew it is a year of transition, of young players coming through, but I wanted to continue to fight for titles, for the Champions League, for LaLiga,” Messi stated back in August.
Already at the halfway point of the La Liga season, it does not look as though FC Barcelona will be challenging for anything.
Messi has also admitted that he has found it difficult to adapt because of the changes that have been made, with a number of players having arrived and many familiar names having departed.
“I have found it difficult to adapt because there are a lot of new faces in the dressing room, I had more affinity towards the players who I have spent a lot of time with during the last few years,” Messi said
“There are teammates from other cultures, we are different.”
Putting on another shirt
Messi has made no secret that he would like to put on a shirt of another team in another league around the world, with the MLS believed to be a favoured option.
“I am thinking about moving to the United States and playing in the American league,” he revealed. “I would like to but I don’t know what will happen.”
Although Messi has insisted that he would like to remain associated with Barcelona in some way, he has not ruled out leaving the club for a period of time and then making a return if possible.
“If I leave, I would like to return to the club,” Messi said
“If I leave, I’ll come back to live in Barcelona. If I leave, I’ll do it in the best way.”