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City Football Group offering Messi five-year, $830M package

Messi to MLS

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAR 23: Lionel Messi walksout of the Manchester City training Centre on March 23, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gustavo Pagano/Getty Images)

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Lionel Messi will reportedly make more than $830 million in City Football Group bucks if he ends up with Manchester City, then New York City FC as the Messi to MLS rumors may just be true.

That’s not counting the reported stake in City Football Group.

The Daily Record’s Duncan Castles says Messi has agreed to spend three seasons with Man City in the Premier League before moving to Major League Soccer for the final two years of his deal.

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This, of course, would be a very big deal, but has a major conditional; Barcelona is expecting the full cost of Messi’s massive release clause, a fee that could take CFG’s Messi outlay to well over $1.5 billion.

Messi, even at 33, remains the most effective attacking footballer in the world. Advanced stats site has a pretty handy tool that details the performances of players across the Top Five leagues in Europe.

During the 2019-20 season, Messi was again the No. 1 player in the world by a landslide. His 25 goals and 21 assists in La Liga play helped him account for an 8.71 player rating, .58 higher than runner-up Robert Lewandowski, .74 more than third-place Kevin De Bruyne, and nearly a full point better than Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth-place mark.

And how would he do in MLS at 36? Barring a major injury, he’ll still be a massive force. David Villa had 14 goals and 5 assists in 23 MLS matches after his 36th birthday, while at a similar age Thierry Henry had 10 goals and 12 assists in 2014.

Messi to MLS. Who would’ve thought?