Messi joining Manchester City is on the cards now.
City is one of the few clubs right now who will be able to afford Messi’s 700 million euros buy out clause – and his hefty wages.
Moreover, Messi has voiced his opinion about Pep Guardiola – admitting that he was the best boss Messi has played for.
“Guardiola is the best of all,” he said. “Luis Enrique is a very close [second].
“I was fortunate to live many different stages of my life, but I think the Guardiola era was one of my best moments.”
He added: “I was called up the day before the game, was made to go to Guardiola’s office at the Ciutat Esportiva, and I was told he had been watching Madrid’s games a lot, as he did with every opponent.
“He had been talking with (Barca assistant boss) Tito Vilanova and they had thought about me playing as a false nine. He was going to put Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry on the outside, and I was going to play as the false centre-forward.
“I wasn’t going to stay there, but rather come out and join up with the central midfield. The idea was that Madrid’s centre-backs would follow me out, and the two fast wingers that we had would go around the back.
“In fact, one of Henry’s goals was like that. It was a surprise for us and for Madrid. I remember that we had a lot of possession, and we always had an extra man in the middle of the park.
Messi further has even reportedly called Guardiola and held talks with him.