Barcelona’s humiliating Champions League defeat to a Kylian Mbappe-inspired Paris Saint-Germain will do nothing to silence speak about Lionel Messi’s future.
Messi is within the closing yr of his Camp Nou contract, having tried to engineer a transfer away from the membership final summer season.
However Barca might be powerless when his deal expires in June, with a lot of high European golf equipment, together with Manchester City and tormentors PSG, being linked to him.
Any hope of a Messi swansong in Europe took an enormous hit on Tuesday evening as Barcelona have been thrashed 4-1 at house to the French champions within the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.
Mbappe, who’s considered by many as a successor to Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s throne on the high of the sport, was insatiable as he fired in a hat-trick.
Messi acquired on the scoresheet himself however that was nearly as good because it acquired for Barca, who’re staring a Champions League exit straight within the face.
And Joan Laporta, who’s within the working to develop into Barcelona president, gave an ominous replace on the Argentine’s future on the membership, who’re understood to be going by large monetary troubles.
Laporta instructed Sky Italia: “Messi needs to win with Barcelona. I’ll do my greatest to maintain him, there are some golf equipment actually eager about signing him.
“However Leo needs to win titles, not simply to earn cash. He’s not a ‘downside’ for Barça, Messi is the 30 per cent of the membership’s revenue.”