Lionel Andrés Messi the Argentine is a prolific goalscorer and creative playmaker. He holds the records for most goals in La Liga (467), a La Liga and European league season (50), most hat-tricks in La Liga (36) and the UEFA Champions League (8), and most assists in La Liga (191), a La Liga and European league season (21) and the Copa América (12). He has scored over 750 senior career goals for club and country, and has the most goals ever by a player for a single club.
Meanwhile there have being a lot of rumours linking him to several teams across Europe. Some of these teams include Manchester City, Juventus, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Chelsea —in fact almost every top team across Europe.
That notwithstanding, Man City leads Messi's link with Pep Guardiola making all he could to snatch him to the side come next summer. It wouldn't be much surprising is he moves to the Mersyside Blues.
In February 2020, he was awarded the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, thus becoming the first footballer and also the first team sport athlete to win the award. Later that year, Messi became the second footballer and second team-sport athlete to surpass $1 billion in career earnings.
Many people have being wondering why the Agentine skipper is not exiting Barcelona after all the various bids that has being laid on his head. I have come up with these reasons which I suppose could answer the question you might probably be asking.
1. The beauty of the Catalonia —Barcelona
Barcelona is the largest city in Catalonia and has over a dozen Antoni Gaudí installations scattered throughout. The most famous being Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, this city is perfect for any fan of Catalan modernism.
The city is by far the most beautiful place in Spain and probably make up the top 10 list of most beautiful places in the world. This may seems a little wired but it could probably be a reason.
2. He has made a lot of records with Barca
He established himself as an integral player for the club within the next three years, and in his first uninterrupted season in 2008–09 he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football; that year, aged 22, Messi won his first Ballon d'Or. Three successful seasons followed, with Messi winning four consecutive Ballons d'Or, making him the first player to win the award four times and in a row.
That's because Messi now boasts an astonishing record of 37 career honours that draws him level with Andres Iniesta and Maxwell with Dani Alves now just within five trophies atop the podium.
3. His age factor
Lionel Messi was born 24 June 1987 (age 33). At this age I believe the Agentine ace would probably like to end his career at the Nou Camp. He can probably opt out though but I suppose he might consider his age in his decision.
4. His love for the club
He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 35 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey titles and four UEFA Champions Leagues.
Messi relocated to Spain to join Barcelona at age 13, for whom he has being playing till now and would probably develop some intense love for the club which could subsequently contributes his stay.