While everyone is currently dreaming about the possibility of Manchester City signing Lionel Messi, there is still the chance that it may not happen after yesterday’s ruling.
Associated Press revealed the stunning report last Tuesday that the 33-year-old was fed up at the Nou Camp and wanted to leave Barcelona after over 20 years of service.
But an inner-political battle has hampered any progress being made in terms of finding the Argentina international a new club.
Of course, City were one of the first teams to be interested in his services, along with Paris-Saint Germain, probably the two richest teams in world football right now.
But an official statement from La Liga regarding the technicalities of his release clause showed that there siding with the Catalan giants as opposed to Messi, who believed that his €700m fee had expired, manchestercity.vitalfootball claim.
Even though the Citizens have a lot of money, which rivals fans do not enjoy, Pep Guardiola’s side don’t think even they could afford such an extortionate fee for Messi.
The best player to ever play football, Messi, has a huge influence in the way that Barcelona is ran on a daily basis, earning an annual salary of £77m, which equals £1.4m-per-week, as per WageIndicator.co.uk.
The only way that this deal could go ahead is if the six-time Ballon d’Or winner appeals La Liga’s ruling and wins, and Messi would be willing to take a significant pay cut to play for us this season.
This is due to causing potential dressing room conflicts regarding financial figures, with Kevin De Bruyne City’s highest-paid player who earns £300k-per-week, as per Spotrac.
As a result, this has been a setback in our pursuit of the Argentinian superstar.