There he is, Phil Opian - the world's funniest prick - right on cue with some Daily Mail-sponsored social commentary. Have to admit I did laugh like a drain. Good one.
Back to the football, I hear of rumblings between Barca and Messi. Could be a load of old twigs whipped up by bored journalists I suppose, but it begs the question where would he go if the unthinkable happened?
He's on 300k a week and you'd need to drop at least 100 mill for his signature. City obviously could afford it but no way he's moving to that dump; Abramovich would blatantly be in for him and the Mourinho factor could be a deciding, er...factor. London being one of the best cities in the world would be a selling point too, but I just can't buy possibly the world's best player turning out at that wendy house Stamford Bridge. You also have to consider the existing team. You don't just 'buy' Messi, you invest in a culture around him, and that means 2 or 3 new world class players to compliment the purchase. There's too many muppets in the Chelsea side as it stands so even Roman might balk at going towards 200 million+ to make it work.
Arsenal are out, as are Liverpool, and Man United aren't the golden goose anymore without Fergie. That leaves PSG or Bayern, who might need outside investment to afford it even with the Pep Effect. Would Messi play in France? It's possible but unlikely. Obviously the south coast is plunder, and he'd have a nice life, but the league's shit and not as glamourous as Spain or here, even Italy. AC Milan might be a dark horse as the culture is probably right up his street, but is the league currently successful enough all round to justify choosing it over anywhere else, or even gritting his teeth and staying put?
Personally I think he's going nowhere for at least another 5 years, if ever, but I'm throwing it out there for anybody who cares to have a bash.
By the way, got this story from Sky Sports. In the article comments was this belter:
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