Lionel Messi signed a deal with Barcelona that all but keeps him at the club for life, but for some it was a chance missed to prove himself elsewhere
We may never know just how close Lionel Messi came to leaving Barcelona but with only a matter of weeks before Barcelona’s greatest ever player was free to talk to clubs regarding a possible summer transfer, pen was put to paper on a new deal tying Messi to the club until 2021.
After all the back and forth Barcelona announced that Messi had signed his ninth professional contract with the club this week and with the buyout clause increased from €300 million to €700 million, the record goal-scorer appears to be going nowhere until he is at least 34 years of age.
Imagining Messi playing anywhere in Europe other than for Barcelona is almost unthinkable but for his critics, the latest extension is a missed opportunity to truly prove his greatness.
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