MANCHESTER CITY FAN VIEW: We’re used to seeing David James stuck up front for a laugh… the fact there is even a remote possibility of Lionel Messi joining is beyond most supporters’ comprehension
- Manchester City could pull off an incredible capture of Lionel Messi this summer
- It is a far cry from watching Paul Dickov and David James playing in days gone by
- City have history when it comes to signing aging icons, like Peter Schmeichel
- But landing the 33-year-old would be entirely different and a dream come true
Get Messi at all costs.
The best footballer of all time, Lionel Messi, has never looked more likely to leave Barcelona.
When fans are allowed back into stadiums, and I can watch City live again, there is a chance I’ll be watching Messi in sky blue and it would be a total dream come true.
Watching Lionel Messi play for Manchester City would be a dream come true for supporters
As a City fan, I used to watch Joey Barton lob balls into the box, Paul Dickov in the second division, and David James being played as a striker for a laugh, so any remote possibility of Messi actually coming to Manchester is incredible for most blues to comprehend.
I don’t care how the club is perceived to potential sponsors, or on social media, his massive salary isn’t coming from my account either.
I just think wanting to watch De Bruyne, Aguero and Messi all link up under Guardiola is a noble exercise any football fan should get behind. Messi would only add to the amazing narrative I’ve been lucky enough to experience as a fan of the club.
City fans have previously been subjected to watching goalkeeper David James play up front
Since the take over, our legacy in Premier League football has been firmly established. The first English domestic treble winners, the first (and only) centurions and having living legends like Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and the recently departed David Silva.
There are no more ‘noisy neighbours’, City have arrived in modern football. Man City can easily win the Premier League next season without Messi, and to say that comfortably is a privilege. But if Messi joined, he would take us onto a whole new level.
Messi in my view is the best player to ever play the game. The fact he is even interested in joining City shows the advancements the club has made, and that the brand of football is of a world class standard.
What is most promising about the move is its footballing connotations. Messi makes any team better, by definition, but the prospect of him linking up again with his most successful manager in Guardiola, is something only one club in the world can offer.
Watching Messi link up with Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling is a tantalising prospect
We’re one of the only teams in world football who can play that ‘Barcelona’ brand of football, ironically now Barcelona themselves can’t really offer it anymore.
Messi doesn’t just boost City’s stature in the world of football, he makes our side uniquely better. In my opinion City’s biggest issue last season, wasn’t a Kompany-less defence, but it was missing big chances in tight moments. The Raheem Sterling miss against Lyon an obvious example.
We’ve needed a boost to our attack for a few seasons in my opinion. Sane was injured for months and has now departed, Aguero is getting older, Jesus flatters to deceive and Mahrez hasn’t fully hit the promised heights.
City have been linked to Lautaro Martinez, Joao Felix and even Kylian Mbappe in recent seasons but those moves haven’t ever materialised. Messi to City as a statement of attacking intent makes a lot of sense as someone who can play across any side of the attack or even drop deep into the space left by David Silva.
Messi offers an incredible amount of goals, experience and fear in the hearts of defenders. It may be him and not another expensive defender, that gets us to a Champions League final.
City are the only club that can offer Messi the chance to link up once more with Pep Guardiola
If he truly cares about his own personal success, like the sporting greats do, then winning titles from England as well as Spain would only improve his personal legacy too.
When I was growing up watching City, I remember watching an old Peter Schmeichel, Andy Cole, or Robbie Fowler, trying to grind through games at the Eastlands, past their prime, dreaming of their heydays they had at other (often rival) clubs.
Man City are now in a similar position to sign another club’s legend. But this one is different. Man City as a footballing proposition is so attractive, that Messi has reportedly said to have been very keen on the football we play and direction the club is going.
Messi could play with Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and the Stockport Iniesta and it’s brilliant. City have gone from Robinho not even knowing who we were when we shoved loads of money in his face, to Lionel Messi actively wanting to extend his precious few playing years with us. That alone is worth it at all costs.
Like with Robbie Fowler, City are used to signing other club’s legends… but Messi is different
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