Many more episodes of this particular saga need to play out before we know Lionel Messi's next move, but the prospect of the great man in the Premier League remains an enticing one.
You won't struggle to find pieces about Messi's potential suitability to the Premier League and Man City in particularly with theories ranging from one extreme of the spectrum to the other.
If Messi actually makes a move, his suitors will have to put together a massive package to satisfy the Argentine's demands. Ignoring PSG and Inter's interest, let's turn it into a purely hypothetical exercise and assume he's on his way to the Premier League. Here's why he would be a good fit.Lionel Messi is still arguably one of the best players in the world at age 33. The stats from 2019-20 back that up, with the Argentine directly contributing to 46 goals (25 goals, 21 assists), more than any other player across Europe's top five leagues. Messi's productivity in front of goal shows no signs of slowing just yet. In the right system, he's still a deadly goal-scorer and provider. Can you imagine Messi & Kevin De Bruyne laying chances on a plate for Sergio Agüero?
Messi's goal-scoring record against most opponents is outrageously good and he's kept that energy for English sides in Champions League meetings down the years. Arsenal won't be particularly excited about a reunion with Lionel Messi with the Argentine scoring nine times against them in six meetings, including a four-goal haul at the Camp Nou a decade ago
He's struggled most against Chelsea with only three goals in 10 meetings with the Blues and it took him 730 minutes to finally open his account against the Londoners. Since and including that goal, though, he struck three times in two games against Chelsea in 2017/18.
He's got two goals in four appearances against Liverpool, a 100% strike rate against both Manchester clubs (six in six vs City and four in four vs United) and two goals in 117 minutes of football against Spurs.
There's no hiding away from the fact that Pep & Messi would be a beautiful footballing reunion. Since Guardiola left the Nou Camp he has failed to win the Champions League as a manager at Bayern Munich and Man City, while Messi has only won the trophy once (in 2015). Messi's numbers under his old boss were pretty special:
Real Madrid's utter dominance of European club football's biggest prize would have hurt both Guardiola and Messi on a personal level and the pair of them have serious unfinished business.
Whenever foreigners decide to test their mettle in the English top-flight, pundits raise their concerns that the pace of the game in England might come as a shock to stars from the continent. Sure, Lionel Messi might need a bit of time to adapt, but good players find a way and Messi is more than just a good player. If he's given limited defensive responsibility, he'll be licking his lips at the prospect of the wide-open, stretched nature of Premier League matches after the halftime break. When there's space, Leo causes damage.Messi wants to prove himself in another league
You don't win six Ballons d'Or if you're not fiercely determined. Lionel Messi's intention was always to stay at Barcelona but it seems as though his position at the club is now untenable, especially of club president Josep Bartomeu remains at the Camp Nou. Someone of Messi's stature will surely transform this massive challenge into an opportunity to answer critics and detractors saying that "he's never done it in another league." and this would be a window for him to answer them in the most emphatic fashion possible.