Barcelona are paying the price for forcing Messi to stay and very evidently, Lionel Messi is paying a sum too.
It was only in the past summer that the Argentine stalwart conveyed his decision about leaving the club via a burofax. However, what transpired after that was one of the most outrageous moments in Barcelona. Former president Josep Maria Bartomeu stuck to the contract and forced the club’s most successful player to play out the remainder of his contract. It is highly unlikely that the 33-year-old will renew his contract with the club and therefore as per okDiaro, Inter Milan is the best option available for Messi, at the moment.
It seems the playmaker from Argentina has received a very lucrative offer from Inter Milan which would allow the 33-year-old allow to earn up to 70 million pounds a year and that is something that the 6-time Golden Ball winner would like to consider. Moreover, the net salary would amount to 140 million euros spread over two years.
Barcelona are currently sitting on the 12th position on the points table and are already 8 points behind their eternal rivals Real Madrid and by the looks of it, it does seem that Koeman and his men have already surrendered the title to Real. From losing 1-3 to Los Blancos to being inefficient in a 1-1 draw against Alaves, the story of Barcelona’s 2020/21 season so far, has been summed up.
Messi has been lackluster in the past few fixtures of Barcelona. The 33-year-old hasn’t had a single assist or a goal against his name in five consecutive La Liga fixtures and that is something to be closely looked at. The current squad is built around him and with him struggling, it is fair to say that Barcelona might end up struggling even though their current UEFA Champions League campaign might tell a whole different story. The Blaugrana won 2-0 against a Ronaldo-less Juventus side and 5-1 against Ferencvaros.
Barcelona goes up against Dynamo Kyiv in their next UCL fixture and is most likely primed to win this one. However, they have a lot of problems going on that have the potential to turn into disasters. Ronald Koeman and Lionel Messi need to have a clear chat and clear up the situation as soon as possible.
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