It's unlikely that he would have the same sort of attachment to any other club in Europe, and perhaps the only team he would leave the Catalans for is Newell's Old Boys, when he wishes to return home to Rosario at the end of his career.
Let's take a look at five reasons why Messi won't move to another European club.
The Main Man
- Even Luis Suarez has had to adapt his game for Messi.David Ramos/Getty Images
- Arguably Messi would be the star attraction wherever he chose to go should the unthinkable happen and he did move to pastures new.
- But would he have the luxury of having a squad built around him?
- At Barcelona, every single player that has been brought in since Messi’s debut has had to tailor their own game to fit in with getting the best out of Messi’s.
- Household names such as Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar and Luis Suarezand all had to kneel at the king’s feet.
- Lionel Messi would not have the same attachment to any other club.
- In an age where money seems to be the overriding factor for many footballers, the “one-club man” is a dying breed.
- As Ben Hayward of Goal relayed, that one of the best players in history seemingly has no intention of leaving Barcelona is an indication of the emotional attachment that Lionel Messi feels for the club.
- Simply put, no European club could come anywhere close to achieving that.
- Money doesn’t buy you happiness.
The Best Players, the Best Stadium
- Camp Nou in all its glory is awe-inspiring.
- Being able to run out at every home game on the Camp Nou turf surrounded by up to 99,000 adoring fans chanting your name.
- It is wonderful awe-inspiring cathedral of football, and the biggest stadium in Europe.
- Surrounded by players of the highest quality, capable of challenging for honours year in and year out.
- Why would you even consider going anywhere else?
- Messi's records at Barcelona are unlikely to ever be beaten.
- Already the top goalscorer in El Clasico fixtures, the all-time record goalscorer for Barcelona and in La Liga, it's debatable that Messi's records will ever be beaten.
- It took 60 years for Telmo Zarra's league scoring record to be broken, and consider it took Messi just 10 years to do it—Zarra took 15 years to get the same numbers.
- Who knows how many more goals Messi will have added to his Barcelona account in another five years' time.
- A legend already for many, another few years at the top will see his club records look even more impressive.
Settled Home Life, Idyllic Lifestyle
- Antonella and Thiago—happy in Barcelona.David Ramos/Getty Images
- An often overlooked factor in ensuring a player’s happiness is what is happening away from their place of work.
- In this regard, Messi has everything he needs to feel comfortable in Spain.
- His family are settled in Barcelona and the warm weather, beaches and luxury of living in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world all go some way to alleviating stress.
- This is vitally important in ensuring your best work.
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