Why Lionel Messi wanted to join Man City in 2016


Lionel Messi looks set to finish his career at Barcelona once he officially signs his new deal committing him to the club until 2021.

The Argentine’s future has long been the subject of speculation, though most rumours have rarely carried much weight.

However, it seems there may have been some truth in suggestions that he could have moved to Manchester City.

Mundo Deportivo claim that a year ago, the forward wanted to join Pep Guardiola at the Etihad because he was upset at being punished by the Spanish authorities for tax fraud.


Of course, this all sounds very familiar to the current situation facing Cristiano Ronaldo – bar the player wanting to sign for City.

The Premier League outfit were ready to pay €150 million – the equivalent of £132.4m – for the superstar, but he eventually opted to stay at the Nou Camp.

The Blaugrana had Luis Suarez to thank for that, as it was the striker who convinced his teammate to stay. Any last doubts Messi might have had have evidently disappeared now, as he will play out the rest of his years at the top in Catalonia.

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