Lionel Messi next club: Latest odds with Man City, Man Utd, PSG and more in race

Many of us never thought we’d see the day when Lionel Messi left Barcelona, but an exit for the club legend looks like more of a possibility than ever before.

The Argentine forward has reportedly informed Barca of his desire to leave this summer, bringing to an end an association with the Catalan club which goes back nearly 20 years.

Since making his debut as a 17-year-old in 2004, Messi has played more than 700 games for Barca, scoring more than 600 goals and finding the net more than 30 times in each of the last 12 seasons.

Even last season, a relatively underwhelming campaign for both player and club, he led La Liga for both goals and assists with 25 and 21 respectively.

Messi has won 10 Spanish League titles, four Champions Leagues, six Ballons d’Or and a great deal more, while playing in a number of iconic Barcelona squads.

Put simply, the sight of Messi in the shirt of another club is something many of us will struggle to get used to.

But where is he likely to end up? We’ve looked at SkyBet’s odds to identify what the bookies are anticipating.

Manchester City

The favourites, and it’s easy to see why. Pep Guardiola was Barca boss when Messi won the first of his six Ballons d’Or, and if a transfer fee comes into it, City can afford more than most.

Messi might be 33, but if anyone can get the best out of him in a brand new league then it’s surely the man under whom he enjoyed some of his best years.

Inter Milan

Inter are building to something big, and already have Messi’s compatriot Lautaro Martinez in attack.

The Nerazzurri’s rich history of Argentinian forwards means there was always likely to be talk of interest from the club, but the question is whether it’s the kind of move Messi himself would entertain.

Paris Saint-Germain

A reunion with Neymar, having linked up so well with the Brazilian in the run to the 2014/15 treble?

You don’t want to rule anything out, and PSG have never been averse to signing a big-name forward in his thirties. Anything to give them a chance of that elusive European glory.

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Manchester United

Yes, United have an impressive front three of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial.

Yes, they’ve been tracking Jadon Sancho, a much younger player with a high ceiling. Still, it’s Messi.

Juventus

We’ve been debating Messi vs Ronaldo for years, but never seen them in the same XI.

They might not be at the absolute peak of their powers, but the prospect of the two greats in the same Juventus attack – however faint – is enough to excite even the most cynical football fan.

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Newell’s Old Boys

One for the romantics, here. Messi began his youth career with Newell’s before moving to Europe, and this would represent the most beautiful of homecomings.

If Maxi Rodriguez can make the return, why can’t Messi?

Real Madrid

Look, it’s not happening, and the odds reflect that.

And yet many were saying the same about Luis Figo when he traded Camp Nou for the Bernabeu.

It can’t, though. Surely. Right?

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Lionel Messi next club odds (SkyBet)

To stay at Barcelona – 11/10

Manchester City – 3/1

Inter – 6/1

PSG – 5/1

Manchester Utd – 10/1

Juventus – 14/1

Newell's Old Boys – 16/1

Chelsea – 18/1

Any Chinese Super League club – 25/1

Bayern Munich – 25/1

Any MLS club – 33/1

Arsenal – 40/1

Leeds – 50/1

Napoli – 50/1

Any Australian A League club – 66/1

Real Madrid – 100/1

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