Lionel Messi is said to be unhappy at Barcelona, calling off contract negotiations with the club.
Our traders have installed Manchester City as the favourites to sign the greatest player in history (9/4) – a bit like when they signed Robinho. A bit.
The odds on Messi leaving the Nou Camp this summer remain long at 9/1, but the price of him walking away at the end of next season has shortened to 5/4.
However, and it might not quite fit the narrative, Paddy Power remain odds-on that Messi extends his contract (4/7) with the Catalans.
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Our own Paddy Power said: “Lionel Messi has ‘had enough’ at Barcelona – yeah, I can imagine Las Ramblas, Gaudi, tapas, and the Mediterranean Sea really starts to grate after a while.
“If he really is leaving, he could pick any club in the world, and we think Manchester City would be his first choice. From one historic club to another, erm, club.”
Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona by 1st July 2021
Lionel Messi’s next club
*All odds correct at time of publication