The soccer world was shaken by Lionel Messi’s shock announcement

Spain in shock for Messi: The irrational becomes reality.

After weeks of rumours and speculations, Lionel Messi will indeed leave Catalonia after 20 years of ecstasy and prowess. La Pulga announced his final decision to the club on Tuesday, according to the very serious Argentinean media Tyc Sports.

Effectively, La Pulga signalled to Barça via an official document, this Tuesday, that he wants to leave the club. He would invoke the clause that allows him to unilaterally terminate his contract at the end of each season.

A shock. An earthquake. A cataclysm. Seen from Spain, the news of Lionel Messi’s possible departure caused a shock wave in the Spanish newspapers. This morning, the country’s main daily newspapers are not recovering from the Argentinian’s announcement to FC Barcelona: he wants to leave and it seems that nothing will change his mind. Mundo Deportivo, for example, covers its front page in black, as if it were already in mourning.

Marca simply relays Messi’s sentence roughly on his front page. On the other hand, Ace and Sport focus more on the way La Pulga is done: “goodbye by mail” exclaims Ace. Sport talks about a “total war” from now on with Barça. Indeed, Messi wishes to leave free by enforcing a clause in his contract. The Blaugranas would have already refused. The next weeks are going to be tense.

Where will Messi go? The world is on fire

Now, the question, of course, is: where will Lionel Messi land? For some, his choice is already made ( a year ago) but nobody is finally aware of it.

But if we believe the echoes of the English press in recent weeks( exactly 8 weeks), Manchester City would be in pole position to welcome him. The determining element in this potential arrival is obviously the presence of Pep Guardiola. The Spanish technician deeply marked the career of the Rosario native during his time in Catalonia (2008-2012).

A new association between the two men was of the order of utopia, it is in the process of becoming reality.

He would have already called Pep Guardiola and would even have decided to join the Citizens this summer. In any case, the Manchester Evening News believes in it and thinks the arrival of Messi is possible. For The Team, Manchester United, Inter and PSG would also be on the lookout. In Italy, La Gazzetta dello Sport believes that a duel between the two new richest sides (PSG and Man City) is on the horizon. However, the Inter would remain in ambush and, according to Tuttosport, Messi would have even called the Lombards to come to the news. Finally, madness is even seizing Brazil, where the newspaper Extra asked this morning four clubs in the country (Vasco, Botafogo, Fluminense and Flamengo) if one of them has a place to host the six-time Golden Ball.

Madness, they tell you.

But if we believe the echoes of the English press in recent weeks, it is Manchester City which would be in pole position to host it. The determining element in this potential arrival is obviously the presence of Pep Guardiola. The Spanish technician has deeply marked the career of the Rosario native during his time in Catalonia (2008-2012).

A new association between the two men was of the order of utopia, it is in the process of becoming reality.

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