Bookies Price Up Lionel Messi Leaving Barcelona This Summer
Could the unthinkable actually happen this summer with Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona to join another club?
Messi's long-term future at Barcelona has been thrown into doubt after a very public bust-up with the club's sporting director Eric Abidal.
UK sportsbooks have opened the market on whether Messi will remain at the Nou Camp and who could be his potential next club in the wake of the public dispute with Abidal.
Ladbrokes have priced up Messi at +400 (4/1) to leave Barcelona this summer in what would be the biggest soccer transfer story of all time.
There are only a select band of clubs who could arguably afford a deal to land Messi due to his wages, even though it has been reported that the current Ballon d'Or winner has a clause in his contract which allows him to leave Barcelona on a free transfer at the end of any given season.
Manchester City have been installed as +700 (7/1) favourites to sign Messi should he make himself available and it is a move that has been continually mooted ever since the arrival of Messi's former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola as City manager.
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Messi has always been a dream signing for City's Abu Dhabi owners and the presence of Guardiola would also give them an advantage over their rivals.
Cash-rich Paris Saint-Germain are second favourites at +1200 (12/1) to lure Messi to the French capital and reunite the Argentine with his former Barcelona team-mate Neymar.
Big-spending Inter Milan come next in the betting at +1400 (14/1) to attract Messi and bring him to Serie A as they look to overhaul Juventus as the best team in Italy under Antonio Conte.
German giants Bayern Munich are rated a +2000 (20/1) shot to bring Messi to the Bundesliga, while Manchester United are also available at the same price to entice the Argentine to Old Trafford this summer if the financially robust EPL side wish to make a statement to their rivals.
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A mouth-watering move to link up with his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo in a dream partnership for all football fans at Juventus is priced up at +2500 (25/1) with Ladbrokes.
Champions League holders and current Premier League leaders Liverpool come next in the betting at +3300 (33/1) to stun the world of football and bring Messi to Anfield.
Messi actually endured one of the worst nights of his career last season when losing 4-0 in the second leg of Barcelona's Champions League semi-final exit to Liverpool.
Finally, a shock move to Barcelona's arch-rivals Real Madrid is understandably the rank outsider at +6600. A switch to the Bernabeu would unquestionably be the most controversial transfer in the history of the game.