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Lionel Messi's Attempted Move to Manchester City Following Barcelona's Humiliating Defeat

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Lionel Messi's Attempted Move to Manchester City Following Barcelona's Humiliating Defeat

In a shocking revelation, Argentine football prodigy Lionel Messi reportedly approached his former coach Pep Guardiola, currently managing Manchester City, to discuss a potential move to the English club. This news comes in the wake of Barcelona's devastating 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the iconic Champions League match.

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Messi Reaches Out to Guardiola

According to the Catalan newspaper 'Sport', Messi proposed joining Guardiola in the summer of 2020 amidst a crisis brewing within the Barcelona management, spearheaded by president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Messi's dissatisfaction with Barcelona's leadership instigated him to send a 'burofax', a formal request for his departure from Camp Nou.

Inside the Guardiola-Messi Meeting

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The details of these events are meticulously chronicled in a book about Guardiola by journalist Marti Perarnau. Perarnau's narrative brings to light a pivotal WhatsApp message from Sergio Aguero in August 2020 that grabbed the attention of Manchester City. Aguero mentioned Messi's inquiry about Guardiola's tenure with the team, indicating Messi's intent to leave Barcelona. Guardiola and Messi subsequently met at Guardiola's home in Barcelona, marking their second meeting since Guardiola's departure from Barcelona in 2012. At this meeting, Messi vociferously voiced his grievances with Barcelona's management, particularly president Bartomeu.

The Obstacle in Messi's Move

While Guardiola was willing to extend his contract with Manchester City, a major hurdle stood in the way - Messi's existing contract with Barcelona. Messi's contract, protected by a whopping 750 million euro release clause, had a year left. Despite Messi's evident discontent at Barcelona and his readiness to switch clubs, this release clause proved to be an insurmountable obstacle in his proposed move to Manchester City.

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