In what may be shaping to be the transfer as well as the fiasco of the century, Lionel Messi is hoping for a move out of Camp Nou.
And while Manchester City may be the frontrunners on being the messiah’s next shrine, other European biggies like PSG, Inter Milan, and Manchester United too are in the race to get their hands on the best player of all time.
But now, a curious contender has emerged. The fans of the Bundesliga club VFB Stuttgart have started a crowdfunding campaign to help the club secure the services of the talismanic Argentine.
We have a dream (but no money)
VFB Stuttgart don’t really belong to the top of European footballing strata at the moment but that doesn’t really deter the club or its fans from having a dream to have Lionel Messi be a part of their dressing room. Having the GOAT in the club would not only cause an atmospheric rise for the club but also be extremely beneficial for Bundesliga as a whole.
There is just a “small” glitch.
Camp Nou has made it clear that Messi will only move out if his release clause worth €700m is met, something that even the likes of Man City and PSG would find impossible to cough up, leave alone the likes of VfB Stuttgart.
So what do you do?
Apparently, Stuttgart fans started a campaign on gofundme.com, which reportedly says that they are looking to raise 900 million euros to bring Lionel Messi to the club.
Someone has started a fundraiser to try and buy Messi for Stuttgart … not far to go now 🙃 pic.twitter.com/5HsSrMbLrY
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 31, 2020
A statement on the GoFundMe page states: “We VfB fans are collecting money to pay for Lionel Messi’s transfer. In the event that the planned amount is not reached on time or Lionel Messi joins another club, 100% of the money raised will be donated to Viva con Agua.”
And while the move may seem a bit too audacious and extravagant for a club which finished, third last in Bundesliga this season, the fans of the club bring to real-life the motto-“Sky is the limit.”
Man City, Barcelona, and the legal messiness-
Lionel Messi seems adamant on leaving Camp Nou to join his old ally Pep Guardiola at Etihad and his departure at the moment seems more like a matter of “when” and not “if” and Tony Frexia, who is a prime candidate to replace Batemou as the Barcelona board President echoed the same sentiment.
“As I have heard from several sides, the decision the player has come to is one that has matured over several years and is irrevocable. I don’t believe that there is any going back,” he told Goal.
With neither of the parties in the mood to back down, there is a high chance that the entire issue may well turn into an ugly legal battle, which would further damage the already strained relationship between Messi and Barcelona.
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