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Odds suggest Messi to Man City is more than just a pipe dream

| 19.10.2016

Lionel Messi could one day reunite with old boss Pep Guardiola, according to the latest odds. Our traders have priced the Argentine up at just 5/4 to work under the Spanish boss again, following comments in the build-up to tonight’s Champions League tie between Barcelona and Manchester City.

Speaking about Messi, Guardiola said “In the case of Leo, I hope he plays and finishes his career here [in Barcelona], but maybe one day he will want to go and play somewhere else.

“Maybe he wants to speak English and live somewhere else. If he decided that, there would be a list of six, seven, eight clubs, but Leo will decide where he goes.”

And should the five-time Ballon d’Or winner decide to leave his boyhood club, it’s 6/4 he opts for a Premier League move.

A move to the Far East at any stage in Messi’s career looks unlikely at 16/1, while there’s a 7/1 chance he follows the likes of Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and Steven Gerrard to the MLS.

Guardiola takes his new side to his old stumping ground tonight, as Barcelona welcome Man City to the Camp Nou.

While the visitors are 5/1 to add three more points to their Champions League tally, Messi is 10/3 to open the scoring.

A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: “Messi may be good, but could he do it on a cold, rainy night in Stoke?  The odds suggest we may find out sooner rather than later.”

Could you see Barcelona’s all time leading goalscorer make the move from Spain to England? Let us know in the comments section below!

Ladbrokes Latest Betting:

Lionel Messi Specials

Pep Guardiola to sign Lionel Messi at any point in his managerial career – 5/4

Lionel Messi to sign for any Premier League Club in his career – 6/4

Lionel Messi to sign for any MLS club in his career – 7/1

Lionel Messi to sign for any Chinese club in his career – 16/1

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Alex Apati

Alex has been with the Ladbrokes PR team since 2017 having previously worked for the news department. From sparring with Peter Fury to talking interviews on the Duke and Duchess' baby names, he's covered a range of sports and novelty events.

A frustrated West Brom fan who is no stranger to an oche, Alex is originally from Dudley, although he's worked hard to rid himself of the Black Country twang.