Lionel Messi is going NOWHERE yet… he’s fuming at Barcelona but has chance to


Lionel Messi is reportedly on the verge of leaving Barcelona – but haven’t we been here before? 

The 33-year-old could have left on a free transfer this summer due to a special clause in his contract, but now Spanish radio station Cadena SER claim he has decided to walk away at the end of next season

Here, Sportsmail asks whether this is another false alarm or are we really just 12 months from the end of an era?

Reports in Spain have suggested that Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona next summer

Reports in Spain have suggested that Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona next summer 

Adios in 2021? Tell us it isn’t so…

There is one big hole in the story that Messi has decided to quit in 2021 because he is tired of the way the club is run and fed-up of waiting for a winning ‘project’. 

There will be elections in 2021. The people who are running the club will be gone. New people will be in charge. They will promise a winning project. 

A new coach, new signings. New hope. It would make no sense to walk away because of the current regime at exactly the same time that the current regime leave the club. No sense at all.

Quique Setien, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Eric Abidal could all be gone by next summer

Quique Setien, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Eric Abidal could all be gone by next summer

So you don’t believe he’s leaving?

He’ll be 34 in the summer of 2021 so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that he goes then. But it’s doubtful he’s already decided what he will do in 12 months’ time. 

This feels like a power play. It’s a political move designed to usher the current board towards the exit now. 

Messi knows time is not on his side. He doesn’t know how many games he has left in his legs. 

He could have another three seasons. But if it turns out to be only one then he does not want that last season to be playing for a club run in the same shambolic way as this one. He’s agitating for change now.

Messi and his Barcelona team-mates have dropped six points since the LaLiga season resumed

Messi and his Barcelona team-mates have dropped six points since the LaLiga season resumed

What has he not liked about the way this season has been run?

There’s a long list, starting with the half-baked attempt at re-signing Neymar last summer, which was all show and no real substance.

Then there was the scandal of a firm employed by the club to monitor social media being linked to online accounts that ran negative stories about him and his family.

After that came the sacking of the manager, Ernesto Valverde, in January when the team were top and the failure to replace him with anyone better, followed swiftly by an attempt from director of football Eric Abidal to point the finger of blame at the players for the dismissal.

More recently, there was a thinly-veiled accusation that the players were resisting taking a pay-cut during the coronavirus crisis as the club laid off ordinary staff.

And then just last week, the sale of midfielder Arthur Melo slap-bang in the middle of the all-important run-in.

Messi is unhappy with Barca's decision to sell Arthur Melo to Juventus during a crucial period

Messi is unhappy with Barca’s decision to sell Arthur Melo to Juventus during a crucial period

The Argentine did not understand why the club sacked Ernesto Valverde earlier this season

The Argentine did not understand why the club sacked Ernesto Valverde earlier this season

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