Whether you believe them or not, the rumours linking Manchester City with Lionel Messi aren’t going away anytime soon.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has just 12 months remaining on his current Barcelona deal, with City considered one of the very few viable options open to the Argentinian should he decide to leave the Catalan club.
And while we’d certainly love to see him playing in the Premier League, City striker and Messi’s international teammate Sergio Aguero believes the chances are fairly low.
Speaking to TyC Sports, Aguero said: “Let’s be honest, money is not an issue here.
“But Leo, just like other players like Ronaldo, are symbols of their clubs and it’s difficult to leave not just to City but to other clubs that also have the money.
“I would love to see Messi join – who wouldn’t love to have Leo in his team?
“But he’s a symbol of his club and I think it would be rather difficult.”
Messi has been a Barcelona boy since the age of 13, having come through the club’s famous La Masia academy alongside the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique.
Considered by many to be the best player the game’s ever seen, the forward hit the headlines earlier this week by securing Argentina’s passage into next summer’s World Cup thanks to his hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Ecuador.
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