What Happens When You Try And Sign Lionel Messi On FIFA 21 Career Mode
City appeared to be the frontrunners for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner and actively explored the possibility of doing a deal for the wantaway Argentine before he reluctantly agreed to stay put at Barcelona.
But what would the outcome be in the video game world? Well, MGH wanted to find out and so went about trying to do what City were not able to do.
The first step was to make the negotiation settings loose because of a new 'one-club' trait EA have brought into this year's game.
In a nutshell, deploying tougher negotiation tactics means these typically loyal players are less likely to be interested in a move away.
Taking charge of City, MGH's first bid of £80 million was countered Barcelona - who were keen on including former Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez in the deal. They also wanted a fee of £40 million but MGH persisted with the original offer and saw it accepted.
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However, in something we often see in the transfer market, he wanted to see if a deal could be done for a cheaper price and came back with a £70 million bid that again resulted in Mahrez being proposed.
When that arrangement was knocked back for a second time, Barcelona cheekily tried to bump the price up to £94 million before the two parties eventually settled on £75 million.
Then, comes the meeting with Messi and his agent (some random fella and not his dad Jorge). It all goes very fairly smoothly, with Messi accepting a three-year contract and a role as a crucial first-team player.
Wages of £350,000-a-week (less than his Barca pay packet on the game) are agreed, along with a hefty signing on bonus of £3,250,000. These numbers are less than City would likely have had to fork out in reality so it's a decent bit of business for the highest-rated player on the game.
After Messi accepts the contract on the table, he expresses his excitement at joining up with his new teammates for training.
So there you have it, if you've got some savvy negotiating in your locker and cash in the bank, you can draft Messi into your squad on Career Mode.