The next club odds for Lionel Messi are still pretty long, but the fact is that they went down significantly after his beef with Barcelona’s sporting director Eric Abidal went public. In addition, the legendary player is also reportedly dissatisfied with the club’s transfer policy, head coach appointment, as well as the team’s current table position in La Liga.
As per Messi’s contract with Barcelona, he has the option to leave the club on a free transfer in summer 2020. Unless Barça manages to seal a new deal with the Messiah, the 32-year-old might decide to leave Spain after more than two decades.
Lionel Messi Next Club Odds
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The odds on Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona this summer might be dropping, but the shortest odds are still on the bet that he will stay in the club.
Messi vs Abidal Beef
For years, Lionel Messi has been a crucial figure in Barcelona, not only on the pitch but off as well. He hasn’t been shy to express his thoughts, even if that meant getting in an argument with the club’s management.
His row with Barcelona’s sporting director Eric Abidal started after the former player made comments regarding the sacking of Ernesto Valverde. According to Abidal, the club decided to sack the previous boss due to displeasure among the players in regards to his tactics.
Lionel Messi felt that Abidal was blaming the players for the team’s disappointing performances, which made him decide to publicly disagree, calling out Barcelona’s sporting director on Instagram.
“When things don’t go well on the pitch, the players are the first ones to recognize as much. Those in the sporting department at the club should also take responsibility for their actions and decisions.”Lionel Messi reacting to Abidal’s controversial interview.
Messi’s reaction could be just the tip of the iceberg when his opinions are concerned. Reportedly, the player is dissatisfied with the club’s failure to bring back Neymar from PSG, who’s one of his best friends. Messi apparently doesn’t believe the current squad has what it takes to win all the trophies the supporters expect them to.
The fact that they got knocked out of the Copa Del Rey by Athletic Bilbao last Thursday shows that he might be right. Still, the question remains whether that’s good enough a reason for Messi to give up on the club.
Barcelona’s Poster Boy
Over the years, Messi has become synonymous with Barcelona. He’s been in the club since 2001 when he was picked up by Barcelona C scouts at the age of 13. He made his first-team debut when he was 16 and since, which is when his rise to stardom started.
Over the years, as a Barcelona player, Messi has won numerous individual titles and has helped his team get ahold of some major trophies along the way.
This season, Messi has already scored 14 goals in 17 league matches, which makes him the top scorer of La Liga at the moment. His next opportunity to score comes tonight when Barcelona is playing an away game against Real Betis.
The game is played in Seville, where the reigning champion will try to win all three points in order to stay in the title race with Real Madrid. Soccer bookmakers don’t believe this is going to be a field day for Barça, suggesting a potential upset by giving the odds of -125.