Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, (c) Soccrates Images.

Manchester or Paris: Which one would be Messi’s best destination?

Lionel Messi has not renewed his contract with Barcelona yet and moves to Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain are still on the cards.

Lionel Messi continues to inch closer to a Barcelona exit as with each passing day. The Argentina international was on the verge of departing the club in the summer itself, but there was no clarity over his mean of departure.

While the player and his entourage remained optimistic about going for free, Barcelona and La Liga referred the player to a release clause in his contract worth 700 million euros.

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain were ready to pounce upon the services of the player but were fazed by his release clause.

Nonetheless, two of Europe’s richest clubs are expected to come back knocking on Messi’s door when he will indisputably be a free agent this summer.

With an exit for the 33-year-old seeming inevitable right now, which one would be the best destination for him between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain?

In all honesty, it is fair to say that both clubs have been domestic superpowers of late. The Citizens are marching towards another Premier League triumph, whereas the Parisians are also expected to make up ground and win the Ligue 1.

City have one of Europe’s biggest squads and nearly two good players in each positions. Meanwhile, PSG boast the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, although the former looks more likely to depart as Real Madrid hover over his services.

However, as Messi looks to cement his place as the undisputed greatest player ever, Manchester City touts PSG as the best possible destination for him due to numerous reasons.

Pep Guardiola is arguably the biggest reason why City could attract Messi over anyone else. The 50-year-old helped the player reach where he belongs right now, and the relationship between the duo is as good as it can ever be.

Under Guardiola, the Sky Blues continue to fly high and are staring at a third Premier League title in four seasons. Needless to say, they have also been a force to reckon domestically, having won the EFL Cup and FA Cup over the last few years.

The Citizens are thirsting for Champions League victory, and if their form is any marker to go by, they are by far the favourites to lift the European Cup come the end of this season.

How much more convincing can a winning project get for Messi? At the end of the day, he will also have a chance to prove himself in the Premier League- perhaps the most difficult division not just in Europe, but across world football.

Where do you think Messi should go between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain?