Messi transfer news: Which English team go fit Barcelona captain best?

Mock-up of how Lionel Messi fit look if e play for Burnley, Manchester City and Chelsea

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A mock-up of how Lionel Messi fit look if e play for Burnley, Manchester City and Chelsea

Di possible availability of Lionel Messi as confam transfer target don shake di world of football in di past week.

Messi na ogbonge player, prize, and every club of of some certain size don most likely press calculator dis week to try to work out if dem fit attract di great man to dia club.

Manchester City na favourites for understandable reasons but dem get oda English clubs wia Messi go fit in nicely…

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola never win Champions League title without Messi for im team, Messi don win just one Champions League since Guardiola comot Barcelona.

Both of dem want to win at least one more Champions League and Guardiola dey manage team wey want to win dia first Champions League. No be di hardest equation for di world.

Di thought of Kevin de Bruyne dey assist Messi against, say, Brighton na something wey go ginger pesin.

But adding Messi to City no really solve di issues wey make Liverpool give dem gap, finish so far ahead of dem last season.

Guardiola team score 102 goals for di Premier League for 2019-20 but na dia defence na im let dem down on too many occasions.

For all of City attacking brilliance na only once dem don get player wey score 25+ times inside Premier League season (Sergio Aguero for 2014-15). Messi don score 25+ league goals in every single season from 2009-10 onwards.


No club don ginger enta di transfer market more dan Chelsea dis summer, with Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell all on board, and Kai Havertz still to come according to reports.

So why add one 33-year-old on di biggest contract English football don ever seen?

On one hand, Chelsea na di true pioneers of introducing veteran talent to di English game, with the likes of Ruud Gullit, Gianluca Vialli and Gianfranco Zola all key figures in helping not only Chelsea establish themselves, but also di Premier League itself in the 1990s.

But Chelsea dominant period for di 2000s dey gingered by professionalism and determination of players like Petr Cech, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard. Lampard, now Chelsea boss, sabi dis one, and e go also remember tsay di club attempts to integrate star forwards Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres simply no work.

Would Messi score more Premier League goals dan di nine managed by Shevchenko? Probably, but at what cost?


Burnley manager Sean Dyche engaged for some upbeat banter with journalists last week wen e joked say Messi don agree to join di Clarets.

But what if di Barca captain do am? Shey Messi go help di club or hinder dem?

Since returning to the top flight under Dyche in 2016, Burnley don averaged 40 league goals per season. In di same period Messi don average 33. E be like easy win, den, to add di Argentine to Burnley attack, but remember: Barcelona don average 98 goals per season in di same period, wey be 2.45 times as many as di Clarets.

Apply dat Burnley goal reduction to Messi (he good but shey he don ever truly feel di cold touch of evening game for mid-Lancashire inside February?) and im average go reduce to about 13.5 goals.

So, if you look wetin Chris Wood produce for di club for 2019-20.

Shey di tok a say Wood dey effective a player as Messi? No. Wetin I dey tok na say Wood offer more wen defending corners? Probably, yes.