Manchester United and Liverpool are dreaming of space but they need to touch the ground first
No matter what the clubs across the world say, few wouldn’t have signed him. Ignore the fact that the deal would have placed many clubs in a financial blackhole that would have taken them years and maybe even decades to get out of, for a few, but few would have said no, if afforded the chance.
This is Lionel Messi, we’re talking about after all. By and large, the greatest footballer in the modern era and arguably one of the greatest ever. It would be blasphemous not to even try to figure out a way to sign a six-time Ballon d’Or winner if he was ever offered to you. So, what if his combined 700 million transfer fee and astronomical wages would change the landscape of how football was played at this particular club? For decades, if not longer, down the line they would be able to claim, we had Lionel Messi.
The sheer marketability of that is enormous and then there’s the fact that this is Messi, who on his worst day is better than some of the very best. Now it would be a terrible overstatement to compare Thiago Alcantara to this majestic man but in this particular case it works because Thiago is one of the best midfielders in the world. The football he plays makes him a joy to watch and in an age of football where the number 10 has disappeared, the Spaniard keeps the hope alive.
That one day, somewhere in the near future, we ...
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