Lionel Messi Next Club Odds: Will The World Cup Winner Move On From PSG?
World Cup winning superstar Lionel Messi will become hot property when his contract with PSG expires this summer.
According to multiple reports, Messi will be leaving the French capital, so UK betting sites are offering odds on his next destination.
Those reports proved to be correct as Christophe Galtie recently confirmed Messi is leaving PSG.
A reunion with former club Barcelona is seen as one of the most likely outcomes for the Argentine great, but there are some interesting alternatives.
Messi is approaching his 36th birthday and has been linked with a move to the MLS, but he could potentially follow Cristiano Ronaldo to Saudi Arabia.
If he decides to stay in Europe, there will be no shortage of potential suitors, although only a handful of clubs could afford his wages.
With that in mind, we have rounded up the leading contenders to sign Lionel Messi before the summer transfer window closes, according to the best odds.
Barcelona Joint Favourites To Sign Messi
An emotional return to Barcelona could be on the cards for Messi, the most decorated player in the club’s illustrious history.
He won 10 La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, seven Copa del Rey titles and three FIFA Club World Cups in his 17-year stint in Catalonia.
It seemed inconceivable that he would ever leave, but the club’s perilous financial position led to an emotional press conference as he announced his shock departure in 2021.
He has twice won Ligue 1 since moving to France, but PSG flopped in the Champions League again and the supporters booed Messi during a home defeat to Rennes in March.
Now that it has been confirmed that he is leaving Paris at the end of his contract, and a return to his spiritual home is considered the most likely outcome.
The Blaugrana’s financial position has now improved somewhat after selling off future media rights and securing a loan from Goldman Sachs.
Barca manager Xavi is in constant contact with Messi as he bids to lure the legendary forward back to the Nou Camp.
They are now the 10/11 joint favourites with football betting sites to sign him during the summer transfer window.
Messi To Saudi Arabia?
You can get Evens (1/1) at BetVictor on Messi moving to Saudi Arabia when his contract with PSG expires.
He was unveiled as the Middle Eastern nation’s latest tourism ambassador last year, and he visited the kingdom in March on official business.
A subsequent visit to Saudi Arabia landed him in hot water with his primary employers PSG, but perhaps he sees his future in the Middle East anyway as Messi's relationship with the Ligue 1 leaders has broken down.
His financial ties to Saudi Arabia could give them a chance of luring him eastward, either at Al-Hilal or as Ronaldo’s teammate at Al-Nassr.
It would be a major coup for the Saudis, who have already upended the genteel world of golf, launched the world’s richest horse race and hosted heavyweight boxing title clashes featuring the likes of Anthony Joshua.
Inter Miami's Odds To Sign Messi
Former England captain David Beckham has been desperate to sign Messi ever since he founded Inter Miami in 2018.
If he finally lands his man, it will become the biggest deal in Major League Soccer since Beckham joined LA Galaxy in 2012.
Messi owns a home in Miami and he regularly takes his family on holiday there, so they are reportedly open to moving to Florida.
Every MLS club could contribute to Messi’s salary in order to boost the league’s profile, according to a report in Spanish publication Sport.
Bet365 now make Inter Miami 5/1 to sign him this summer.
Messi To Man City Odds
An intriguing reunion with Pep Guardiola - who oversaw the most trophy-laden spell in Messi’s career - is another possibility.
He won two Champions League titles, three La Liga titles, two FIFA World Club Cups and two Copa del Rey titles during Guardiola’s four-year stint as Barca boss.
The Blaugrana have never quite managed to hit those heights again since Guardiola left, despite winning the Champions League under Luis Enrique in 2015.
Meanwhile, Guardiola has enjoyed an immense amount of domestic success with Bayern Munich and Man City.
City are strong favourites to beat Inter Milan in the Champions League final, but they have been in this situation before and have fallen short at the final hurdle when expected to win.
Messi could be the man to make the difference next season if they miss out again this year, as he has the individual brilliance to turn tight games on their head - as he showed at the World Cup.
He has previously been linked with a move to the Etihad, and the rumours are swirling once again, yet City are priced at a huge 20/1 with Bet365 to sign him in the summer.
Messi Transfer Betting: The Rest
On betting apps, Chelsea (80/1) and Man Utd (80/1) are long shots in the market to snap up Messi if he leaves Paris in the summer.
Meanwhile, the Saudis now own Newcastle, making the Magpies the world’s richest club, so plenty will fancy their chances at 40/1 with Bet365.
Bayern Munich are priced at 100/1 if Messi fancies conquering Germany, while another possibility is a return to Argentina. You can find 16/1 on Messi signing with any South American club at BetVictor.
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