It’s the rumor that just won’t die.
Back in August, an extremely fed up Lionel Messi attempted to force a move out of Barcelona, the club he’s spent the entirety of his 16-year career with. The only club that had enough funds to meet his ridiculous transfer fee — rumored to be in between €100 and €150 million — was none other than the Premier League’s Manchester City.
According to ESPN, the transfer deal would’ve seen Messi — arguably the best footballer to ever live — spend three seasons with the Cityzens before making making a move to our very own New York City FC.
Shortly after, however, the deal fell through and it was revealed that Messi would finish out his contract with Barcelona, which is due to expire at the end of the 2020-21 European season. And we haven’t really heard of anything since then.
Until now, that is.
In a new report from Mundo Deportivo, Manchester City allegedly still plans on making the Argentinian winger a part of their team and will attempt to sign Messi on a free transfer in 2021. And once again, a stay at NYCFC would follow his tenure with the Sky Blues.
Mundo Deportivo’s report states that NYCFC is a selling point for Messi himself, as he would enjoy the chance to finish out his career in America.
If this is true, it’s huge news for New York City supporters as having a player with Messi’s pedigree would be a huge boost to the club at the financial level. Yankee Stadium — or City’s own stadium should they have one — will be filled to capacity with people who just want a glimpse at the one they call the G.O.A.T.
Hell, it could probably even help NYCFC finally get enough leverage to finally build that stadium you’ve been asking about.