Earlier today, Argentinian forward Lionel Messi decided that despite his long history with FC Barcelona, he wanted to part ways with the club. This was due to their poor performances in the Champions League in recent years.
Many teams including Juventus, Inter Milan, Paris Saint Germain, Manchester City, and Chelsea have all fought for the four-time champions league winner’s signature.
Lionel Messi has made clear what his preferred destination would be for the upcoming season. Due to his long-standing relationship with Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, Messi reportedly contacted Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola. Messi expressed his desire to play at the Etihad Stadium.
The Sky Blues sold German winger Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich in early July. Since then, they have been on the hunt for a star winger to play alongside fellow frontmen Sergio Aguero, and Raheem Sterling.
Messi is one of Manchester City’s top targets. Manchester City has found interest in Lionel Messi because of his potential to be with fellow Argentinian Sergio Aguero.
Why Manchester City?
Juventus gave Lionel Messi the opportunity to play alongside fellow superstar Cristiano Ronaldo but declined the offer. However, the chance to play with certain members of the Manchester City team simply couldn’t be turned down.
Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero has a very strong connection with fellow Argentinian Lionel Messi. Messi named Aguero the Godfather to his sons Mateo, Thiago, and Ciro Messi.
Another person of whom Lionel Messi has grown close to over his footballing career is Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola. He coached Lionel Messi through the early stages of his career at FC Barcelona. The time the two spent together in Spain was a time that the pair undoubtedly enjoyed.
Manchester City is Messi’s clear first choice. However, it is up to the English club to figure out how to carry out a transfer agreement. Hopefully without breaching the Financial Fair Play rules. The Club Financial Control Body accused Manchester City of violating those rules.
If this move is pulled off, Manchester City may be on the brink of experiencing Champions League glory for the first time.