“Reuniting with Pep Guardiola in City will be tempting for him”: Lionel Messi could move to Etihad when his contract with Barcelona ends, Rivaldo says … as the Brazilian claims he could join Juventus with Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi could be seduced by a reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola in Manchester City, according to Barcelona icon Rivaldo, amid reports of the Argentine’s future at the Nou Camp.
With the Catalan giants in turmoil, Spanish radio station Cadena SER reported that Messi would see his £ 500,000 a week contract with the club before continuing in the summer of 2021.
However, the 33-year-old could stay if a new president is elected next year, and Messi is quite fed up with the way the club is currently run.
Lionel Messi could be seduced by a reunion with Pep Guardiola (R) next summer, Rivaldo says
Barcelona icon Rivaldo believes a move to Etihad could definitely be on the map in 2021
Should Messi decide to leave, he won’t be short on options and Rivaldo believes a move to City – a club previously associated with him – could be on the map.
“If he is considering leaving the club, there may be something wrong in the Barcelona locker room and he may be tired of all the constant problems that have surrounded the club in recent months,” said Rivaldo. Betfair.
“When Messi’s contract ends, he will turn 34, but I think he can still easily play in the Premier League with his class.
“It will be sad to see him leave Barcelona when his contract finally ends, but I still hope he can stay for the time being.
Reports in Spain have suggested Messi will see his deal at £ 500,000 a week
Messi is said to be tired of the current Barcelona regime, but could stay if Quique Setien, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Eric Abidal all leave next summer
“Despite his connection to the club, he has the right to move if he wants to, and reuniting with Pep Guardiola in City will be enticing to him as they have been a great coach and player partnership at Barca.”
Another destination that is suggested for the Argentinian is Juventus.
When moving to Turin, he would stand next to Cristiano Ronaldo and fulfill the dream scenario of many a football fan.
However, a move to Juventus would be extremely expensive and would likely replace Messi Ronaldo, who might be looking for a new challenge at the age of 36 in the summer of 2021.
“With all this speculation, I think some agents are already dreaming about a Messi-Ronaldo double at Juventus and how big it will be worldwide,” said Rivaldo.
Reports have also linked Messi to a move to Juventus – to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo would be 36 next summer and may want to look for a new challenge elsewhere
“If that happened, there would be a ‘boom’ in the world and I think Juventus would quickly recoup all investments in the Argentinian thanks to the boost they would get from visibility and marketing.
“It would be historic to see both play together and I am sure many Juve sponsors would like to help financially, so it is also an opportunity for Messi.
“If there are rumors about his departure, each club will of course consider how to contract him.
“That said, the two best players in the world who have played at the same club for the past ten years would be huge.”