Starting January 1, 2021, Lionel Messi is permitted to start transfer talks with clubs. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that every soccer team in the world would love to bring arguably the best player in the world.
However, knowing that under his contract with Barcelona (which expires on June 30, 2021), he is getting $9.97m per month, only a few clubs can afford him.
One of the clubs that definitely have the money to sign Messi is Manchester City. The “Sky Blues” are currently led by Pep Guardiola, who used to be Messi’s boss in Barcelona from 2008 to 2012. Judging by the odds offered by major online sportsbooks, it’s very likely we will see Messi in Manchester City in summer 2021.
Messi Next Club Odds
- Manchester City -150
- PSG +600
- Inter Milan +2000
- Chelsea +2000
- Juventus +3300
- Newell’s Old Boys +3300
- Bayern Munich +6600
Guardiola’s City #1 Favorite to Sign Messi in Summer
Messi next club odds keep changing in favor of Manchester City. The reason behind this is that about one-third of bettors are backing Messi’s reunion with Guardiola in the summer.
The two have a good relationship both on and off the soccer pitch. It goes back to the days when both were in Barcelona. During Guardiola’s reign at the Catalan giant, Lionel Messi established himself as the team’s key player, breaking all sorts of records along the way.
Some of the things Messi achieved with Guardiola as his boss include:
- Winning four consecutive Ballon d’Or Awards (best soccer player in the world)
- Scoring a total of 73 goals in one season in all club competitions (2011-12)
- Becoming Barcelona’s all-time top scorer at the age of 24
- Scoring five goals in a game of the Champions League 1/8 round
- Scoring all four goals in Pep Guardiola’s last home game in charge of Barca
In addition to individual achievements, Messi was instrumental in helping Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona win two Champions League titles, three Spanish La Liga titles, and two Copa del Rey trophies.
What About Other Clubs?
The moment Messi became eligible for contract talk, everyone started dreaming about signing arguably the best soccer player in history. Even Spartak Moscow did, whose attempt became a sort of meme on social media.
One club that seems like a dark horse when Messi next club odds are concerned is PSG, where he would reunite with Neymar. Oddsmakers do not think it’s very likely the Messiah could go to Paris in summer, even though some big changes did happen at Parc des Princes over the last couple of weeks.
The biggest change is that PSG have appointed former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager. Same as Messi, Pochettino also comes from Argentina. In fact, both of them made their first soccer steps in a team called Newell’s Old Boys, which is often discussed as Messi’s potential destination in the future.
The talk about Messi going back to Argentina intensified after he made a tribute to late Diego Maradona by unveiling Newell’s shirt after scoring for Barcelona against Osasuna.
Speaking of Maradona, the club where he’s thought of a god-like figure, might also be interested in signing Messi. According to former German international Kevin-Prince Boateng, such a thing “would be like a movie.” Unfortunately for Napoli fans, it seems very unlikely that the club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis would be capable of producing the kind of money Messi’s agent might ask.
No New Contract Coming From Barcelona
In many sportsbooks, Messi’s next club markets do not even mention Barcelona. The reason for this is that he and the club management have a sort of beef that’s been going on since summer 2020. That’s when Messi had a heated public argument with Barcelona’s sporting director Eric Abidal.
Of course, that wasn’t the only thing Messi was concerned about – he didn’t like the club’s transfer policies, their frequent managerial changes, and so on.
As a result, Barca’s captain wanted to leave the club but decided to wait until his contract runs out. Well, that’s something that will happen in less than six months, which is when we should be clear about Messi’s faith.