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The Daily Bee: Free Agent Lionel Messi

The Barcelona legend is hitting the open market.

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Good morning, Fear the Wall.

A Messi Situation

Lionel Messi, the greatest player of our generation, who has been with FC Barcelona since I was in 2nd grade, has hit the open market as a free agent. The player and club were unable to come to a new contract agreement that would fit La Liga’s wage cap, so the club officially announced that Messi would be leaving.

Naturally, with Mahmoud Dahoud, Toby Raschl, and Jude Bellingham, Borussia Dortmund are set in midfield for the foreseeable future, but there may be other clubs around Europe that would be interested in Messi’s services. The number of clubs that could afford him, on the other hand, is much smaller. Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are the two clubs that come to mind, even though City could potentially spend £200 million on Harry Kane and Jack Grealish this transfer window.

Of course, there’s also the possibility that this is all a ploy by Barcelona to get Messi to accept an even more club-friendly contract. With all their efforts in the Super League, and their ongoing conflicts with La Liga regarding a potential venture capital plan, I wouldn’t put anything past them.

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