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Would Man City move be the downfall of 33yo midfielder’s career?

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has been known as one of the greatest footballers of all time in the last ten years as he nears two decades with his childhood club Barcelona, who scouted him at a very young age.

Since then, he has played well over 800 games for Barcelona, breaking records and making history in La Liga…

The Spanish way of football has been described as ‘tiki-taka’ by many legends of the sport, including Jose Mourinho. This means football that includes tight-nit passes, many of them, as a method of weaving and wiggling your way through the opponent.

With his close control, low centre of gravity and incredible technical ability and vision, Lionel Messi has proven to be a perfect fit for Spanish football. Perhaps a reason the Argentinian hasn’t sought out challenges from the other top five leagues. Not to mention of course his undying loyalty to the Barcelona fans.

But as with everything, it looks as though his time at Camp Nou has come to an end after Messi formally handed in his intent to leave and is currently caught up in a legal battle regarding his £629million release clause.

With this being said…

How would Lionel Messi cope with the demands of the Premier League?

In recent years the Premier League has become very diverse, as global influences have had periods of domination in the country’s top-flight in the form of both coaches and players. Immediate examples are Thierry Henry, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Cristiano Ronaldo, and many more who added something new to the Premier League.

Some, like Cristiano Ronaldo, has proven his capabilities in three of the top five leagues in Europe. A point taken very seriously when considering the Ronaldo/Messi ‘who is better’ debate.

Should Messi link up with his old boss Pep Guardiola at Man City, it could allow him to hit the ground running as he will be in familiar territory. As Guardiola still looks for success in the Champions League with City, Lionel Messi’s expertise could be somewhat limited to that competition for the side.

Regardless, having him on the training ground and as a force in the Champions League against quality opponents is a huge benefit to any club, especially if you can acquire him for a low cost.

But will Messi have what it takes to perform in England? It is very hard to say and having doubts about his ability to adapt are logical. The Argentinian has never been that impressive in International competitions with his nation.

Perhaps coming to England and failing to adapt will be the downfall of his very successful career, or perhaps he will bring Manchester City a Champions League trophy.

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