Lionel Messi

Lash

Full Member
Joined
May 3, 2012
Messages
5,007
Location
London
Supports
Millwall, Saint-Etienne
Why? He is the best player in the world, their best playmaker, passer, goal scorer.
Fully expect him to sign a 3 to 4 year contract to finish his time off at Barca. He's not going anywhere.
Improve his already exorbitant contract at 32? They have a wage problem as it is with him on the books.
 

roonster09

Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018
Scout
Joined
May 10, 2009
Messages
22,343
Improve his already exorbitant contract at 32? They have a wage problem as it is with him on the books.
Yeah but that's because they have other under performing players. Either he will get better contract or at least as good as the existing one.

At 32 he is the best player in the world, with his skillset he will easily play for many more years.
 

Isotope

Full Member
Joined
Mar 6, 2012
Messages
14,143
Supports
Ole Ole Ole
That fascination seems to be popular on here too. Many want to give the job to unqualified ex-players like Evra, Fletcher etc. because 'they know the club'.
It's just Barca has so many legends, Abidal is a bid of underwhelming choice. But maybe he's so good on what he's doing.
 

2mufc0

Full Member
Joined
Jan 8, 2014
Messages
12,529
Improve his already exorbitant contract at 32? They have a wage problem as it is with him on the books.
We are talking about Messi here, not your average player.
 

Lash

Full Member
Joined
May 3, 2012
Messages
5,007
Location
London
Supports
Millwall, Saint-Etienne
Yeah but that's because they have other under performing players. Either he will get better contract or at least as good as the existing one.

At 32 he is the best player in the world, with his skillset he will easily play for many more years.
I don't disagree he's the best, but we berate our club for not planning, but he will absolutely kill their wage budget if they continue to pay him what he gets now.
 

Lash

Full Member
Joined
May 3, 2012
Messages
5,007
Location
London
Supports
Millwall, Saint-Etienne
We are talking about Messi here, not your average player.
Again, I agree totally, but the amount he gets paid makes it extremely difficult revamp their squad. You continue that for another 3-4 years, they'll be in trouble when it comes to FFP
 

Renegade

Full Member
Joined
Nov 11, 2009
Messages
3,691
I didn’t say he lacked courage if he didn’t leave, there are plenty of reasons for why he’d choose to stay. Just said that it would be a very courageous move to leave, especially to England at 32.
Oh apologies from me, I’ve re read what you posted and interpreted it wrong. You’re right it wouldn’t be wise decision.
My response was to the usual comment where people suggest he plays it safe by staying with Barca his whole career.
 

mitchmouse

Full Member
Joined
Oct 8, 2014
Messages
7,913
in other news... I will be replacing DDG in all our Premier League fixtures until the end of the season
 

RoyH1

Full Member
Joined
Jul 22, 2014
Messages
2,643
Location
DKNY
Abidal will be gone and replaced at the end of this season at the latest. Messi is the most powerful man at that club.
 

Redcy

Full Member
Joined
Nov 9, 2014
Messages
1,063
Utter tripe, city fans getting giddy about this better get used to being used by the press and players.

we have had it forever, Messi is not leaving for any money.
 

Robertd0803

Full Member
Joined
Sep 1, 2014
Messages
3,803
You need to think this through. Messi going to City would do unspeakable things for them and go a long way to melting the plastic off their club. Having the greatest ever player playing for them at something like his peak is an honour they don’t deserve. By the time he’s done with them, they could be spoken about similarly to us.
Ronaldo will never play for them. :)

I reckon Abidals days at Barca are numbered. I can also imagine some stupid scenario where he becomes our Director of Football.
 

B20

HEY EVERYONE I IGNORE SOMEONE LOOK AT ME
Joined
Aug 23, 2003
Messages
24,343
Location
Disney Land
Supports
Liverpool
It's just Barca has so many legends, Abidal is a bid of underwhelming choice. But maybe he's so good on what he's doing.
I'd hope for barcas sake they are hiring people on merit for the job rather than how good they used to be as footballers.
 

Ish

Lights on for Luke
Joined
Mar 10, 2010
Messages
24,985
Location
Where fans' expectations are too high
Probably all round frustration over Barca’s signings in recent years, culminating in, if reports are true, the Barca players wanting the Board to re-sign Neymar and they got Griezmann (terrible immediate fit as they’re crying out for a left winger). Maybe the Board didn’t want to re-sign Neymar after the way he left - and used the money excuse? Not sure what’s happening there anymore.
 

Isotope

Full Member
Joined
Mar 6, 2012
Messages
14,143
Supports
Ole Ole Ole
I'd hope for barcas sake they are hiring people on merit for the job rather than how good they used to be as footballers.
I hope that club are crashed and burned, and become the current United.
 

DarkXaero

Full Member
Joined
Jun 17, 2009
Messages
1,595
Location
NJ, USA
If Woodward could somehow pull this off, he'd be a legend, even if Messi somehow turned out to be Sanchez esque flop.
 

carvajal

Full Member
Joined
Jan 20, 2015
Messages
8,587
Supports
Real Madrid
Apparently (according to Cope) he is bothered by the fame of being a dictator who runs the club, since he does not buy or sell players, nor decide the coach (I personally think he does sometimes, indirectly), therefore they can´t sack Abidal now, since It would corroborate that version, so probably will happen what Roy said
Abidal will be gone and replaced at the end of this season at the latest. Messi is the most powerful man at that club.
I don´t see him leaving in summer, with life made in Barcelona, young children and that incredible salary.
Barça is his home and next year with the next coach and a good cleaning things will look different.
The matter is to what extent he will press or leave certain doubts to get Bartomeu's resignation before the elections.
 

patty123

New Member
Newbie
Joined
Oct 12, 2017
Messages
170
Location
Éire
what better platform to cap off his career than knocking liverpool off their perch at United.
Damn that was some blackout I must have suffered as tell me, when did liverpool got back on their perch ? Damn blackouts, as that means liverpool have just won 3 league titles, as they now have 21 league titles as oppose our 20, didnt know that.
 

padr81

Account closed by user request
Joined
Dec 12, 2015
Messages
6,456
Supports
Man City
Personally I can't wait to see us fielding Sterling, Aguero and Messi up top in League 2 next season...

No I'm not serious.