Peter Vandenbempt also just didn’t fall off his chair. During Laçi – Anderlecht, the commentator received the news about Lionel Messi. He immediately analyzed the new era that the Argentinian and FC Barcelona are entering. “I am curious who will dare to bring in Messi.”

It will be the question that will touch the football world in the coming weeks: who oh who will bring in Lionel Messi?

“I really wonder which absolute top club has the financial resources after the corona crisis,” said Peter Vandenbempt. “Manchester City just bought Jack Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne is walking around. I don’t think you can add Messi to that.”

“Whoever brings in the Argentinian has to do what Barca did: let the team play football for Messi. With so many star players like City, you just can’t do that.”

Messi takes a huge bite out of the budget. But imagine if PSG can sell shirts with Messi’s name…

Peter Vandenbempt

The next logical candidate: PSG. “That’s an option,” Vandenbempt nods. “There it could be. And if one club is crazy enough to bring him in… That’s how Messi and Neymar would be reunited immediately.”

Only the French top club is currently flirting with the limits of the Financial Fair Play. “Messi takes a huge bite out of the salary budget. Only his arrival would also pay off. Imagine if PSG can sell shirts with Messi’s name … That would have the same effect as when Ronaldo went to Real.”


Regardless of the final destination, the squad that welcomes Messi will have to undergo a real transformation. “He is still a great footballer, but not anymore like in the heyday under Enrique or Guardiola. You can’t put him with a team like Liverpool – that’s a completely different kind of football.”

“His new club will have to accept that Messi plays like he did at Barca: little defense and from a standstill. The 10 players around him must be able to accept that. At Barca it was not difficult, because he was Barca.”

Barcelona in mourning

Meanwhile, the flag of the Catalan club is at half-mast. Barça lose – against will and thanks – the greatest player in its history. “The sadness is understandable, because Messi provided the most successful era in the history of the club.”

“But maybe it’s a good thing that Messi is leaving,” Vandenbempt surprised. “Without him, a new era can begin. Like with the departure of Johan Cruijff. It’s time for something new, with stars we don’t know yet. And with the freed up money you can get a few good players.”

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