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"Reuniting With Pep Guardiola At Manchester City Will Be Tempting" For Lionel Messi

"Reuniting With Pep Guardiola At Manchester City Will Be Tempting" For Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is reportedly ready to leave Barcelona at the end of next season and former Barca star Rivaldo believes that Manchester City could be the Argentine's future destination.

Last week it was reported that Messi won't be signing a new deal at the Nou Camp and has instead decided to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of next season.

That speculation has got people talking about where the six time Ballon d'Or winner might end up next and Rivaldo thinks that a reunion with Pep Guardiola would be tempting.

"If he is considering leaving the club, then something mustn't be good in the Barcelona dressing room and perhaps he is tired with all the constant problems that have surrounded the club in the last few months," the Brazilian told Betfair

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"When Messi's contract ends, he will be 34, but with his class I think he could still easily play in Premier League.

"It will be sad to see him leaving Barcelona once his contract ends eventually, but I still hope that he can stay for now.

"Despite his connection to the club, he has the right to move if he wants and reuniting with Pep Guardiola at City will be tempting for him, as the two of them formed a great coach and player partnership at Barca."

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Messi has been linked with a move to City in the past, before signing a new deal and staying in Spain, and even at 34-years-old he would make an excellent addition to Guardiola's side.

Problems on and off the pitch have made the club's all time top scorer consider his future at Barcelona and things are certainly better off the pitch at City.

Another club who would be one of the few that Messi could move to have a history of picking up players for nothing at the end of their contracts, and Rivaldo believes Juventus would love to pair Messi with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Could they be teammates? Image: PA Images
Could they be teammates? Image: PA Images
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"With all this speculation, I believe that some agents are already dreaming about a Messi-Ronaldo double at Juventus and how big it will be around the globe.

"If that happened there would be a world 'boom', and I believe Juventus would quickly recover any investment on the Argentinian thanks to the boost they would get from visibility and marketing.

"It would be historical to see both playing together and I'm sure many Juve sponsors would love to help financially, so, it's also a possibility for Messi.

"If there are rumours about his exit, then of course every club will be thinking about how they can sign him.

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"That said, the two best players in the world for the past ten years playing at the same club would be massive."

There's still a long way to go before Messi definitely walks away from the club he has played for his whole adult life and the rumour of his decision is yet to be confirmed.

Reportedly the club captain wants changes to the 'project' on the pitch to make it successful and would like a new manager.

Former teammate Xavi was linked with moving to the club this summer but he has signed a new deal until summer 2021, which means he could join as Messi is set to leave.

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Do you think he'll leave Barcelona, and if so where to? Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Pep Guardiola, Rivaldo, Barcelona, Serie A, Transfer stories, Lionel Messi, Transfer rumours, Premier League, England, Juventus, Transfer news, Cristiano Ronaldo, La Liga, Transfer reports, Italy

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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