Lionel Messi's next team: Clubs who can really afford to sign the Argentine

With Lionel Messi asking Barcelona to allow him to leave, many top clubs have been put on alert. Nobody would have imagined that Messi, after spending close to two decades with Barcelona, will leave the Catalan club but a fallout with the Barca board and poor performances on the pitch have pushed Messi to do the unthinkable. While there is a EUR 700 million release clause for Messi in place, the Argentine feels he can leave the club for free due to a unique clause. 

Messi earns around EUR one million a week and that would be a some pressure on any club who would go for his signing. Let us take a look at clubs who have been linked with Lionel Messi and can really afford the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

'FIFA ban' looming for Lionel Messi? Argentine's contract situation decoded

'FIFA ban' looming for Lionel Messi? Argentine's contract situation decoded

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Messi has given maximum since ending transfer saga, says Barca coach Koeman

Messi has given maximum since ending transfer saga, says Barca coach Koeman

 

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Messi returns to Barcelona training ground

Messi returns to Barcelona training ground

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Barca ponder Messi rest as Madrid continue to wait on Hazard

Barca ponder Messi rest as Madrid continue to wait on Hazard

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Lionel Messi's next club: Manchester City?

If Messi leaves Barcelona, Manchester City are the favourites to sign him. Reportedly, Pep Guardiola, Ferran Soriano have already spoken to Messi and are working on to bring the Argentine to the Etihad. 

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