There are reports that Argentine football star Lionel Messi would have moved to the Etihad to reunite with Pep Guardiola following his sentencing to 21 months for tax fraud.
A new documentary shows claims the player reached out to Guardiola last term after feeling “trapped” at the Nou Camp.
Guardiola met the superstar in Spain about the move even though it never happened eventually. The documentary hinted that Messi’s father and his agent spoke with a City director over the purported move. All these were reported to have happened around early to mid-July 2016.
Messi was about to buckle under stress at the Catalan side so he met with the 46-year old. Messi’s father also reached out to the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu but he was told that Barcelona would not allow the player leave. Agreements were made and Messi signed a new deal to remain with the club – one that would take his career to a very advanced stage. Continue reading MESSI COULD HAVE MOVED TO MAN CITY
New Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has stated that he will try to convince Lionel Messi to come back on his decision to stop playing for the international team.
He said that Argentina still needs Lionel Messi and that it will be a great loss for the national team if Messi retires from international football.
Edgardo Bauza who has just replaced Martino at the head of the Argentina team said that he wants to have a conversation with Lionel Messi. He wants to see whether the player is still available for selection and whether he can count on him for the upcoming matches.
Argentina will be facing Uruguay and Venezuela in their next games that will count for the World Cup qualifiers. Argentina are currently third in the qualifying table and will want to get maximum points from these forthcoming matches. Edgardo Bauza will want to have his best players for this game as they do not have a lot of room for mistakes.
He said that as a former player he has also been through the disappointment of losing a final and wanting to quit everything. He believes that this decision can be reversed, but it will be up to Lionel Messi to decide. This is why he wants to have a chat with the player first to see what he thinks of the new project for the national team. Continue reading Argentina coach to convince Messi
World’s best footballer, Lionel Messi missed the curtain-raiser against Chile in the ongoing Copa America Centenario.
The star player took a hit in the friendly game against Honduras and has not been able to rest well as his recovery has been interrupted by court proceedings. The Argentine forward had to return to Barcelona to answer tax fraud charges last week.
The Captain was replaced by Nicolas Gaitan in Santa Clara. The Blaugrana star is reported to still be in pain due to the blow to his back, and decided he was not fit to start against Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side. The Argentine coach Gerardo Martino on Sunday told the press that Messi would be given the chance to prove his fitness ahead of the Chile match but that there was a replacement [Gaitan] to avoid risking the player.
The injury forced Argentina to play Gaitan in a three man attack. The Benfica winger joined Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria, making his first appearance in a major international tournament. Ahead of the much anticipated game, Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal said in a press conference on Sunday that he wanted Messi to play:
Continue reading LIONEL MESSI MISSES CHILE REUNION AT COPA AMERICA CENTENARIO AS THEY WIN 2-1
Lionel Messi is a huge player to miss for any team and this even applies to Barcelona, who have an array of talent that includes Luis Suarez, Neymar, and Andres Iniesta. The Catalan club have been able to tide over the absence of the Argentine with quality provided by these players. Manager Luis Enrique has especially singled out Neymar for his brilliant performances since joining the club in 2013. Enrique, who created a new record by winning the Champions League and several other trophies last season, claims that Neymar is still not the finished article and fans can expect more from the Brazilian in the near future.
Neymar is not considered as the biggest star in Barcelona due to the availability of Messi, but there have been rumours that the club would now be prepared to sell Messi. At 28 years of age, the Argentine superstar is at the peak of his career and would fetch double the world record transfer fee, which stands at £ 86 million. Due to the confidence that Neymar has provided in the last two years, Barcelona may just be prepared to take this risk. Neymar recently scored four goals against Rayo Vallecano before going on to create two assists against BATE in the Champions League. Continue reading Lionel Messi is a huge player to miss for any team