Whether Lionel Messi would stay or not still remains unclear. According to various reports and speculations, the whole saga has become a game of chess, where only can win. Again, it seems, the Barca President, Josep Maria Bartomeu has been treated unfairly rather than highlighting the matter of player-power in Camp Nou, which has clearly polluted the environment.
Even though it is expected, in the end, sanity will prevail in Camp Nou and Messi would stay; but if he leaves Camp Nou, then it would not only be a telling blow to Barca, but La Liga as well.
If Messi leaves Camp Nou then he would join the league of legends who shocked Barcelona before.
As Marca reported:
Though he was at Barcelona for nowhere near as long as Messi, arriving in 1982 and leaving in 1984, Maradona defined an era in Catalonia.
He also left the club after disputes with the board and ended up at Napoli, where his legend grew ever stronger.
The German midfielder dazzled Barcelona supporters with his play, but the most defining moment of his time with the club came during the European Cup final of 1986.
He had been due to take Barcelona’s first penalty in the shootout, but on being substituted in the 85th minute by boss Terry Venables, Schuster left the ground and went back to his hotel, watching the denouement there.
President Josep Luis Nunez terminated his contract as a result.
Laudrup didn’t have the best relationship with his coach Johan Cruyff, and it ended with the Dane making a move to Real Madrid.
He spent two seasons there and lifted the league title in 1995.
He was a wonderful footballer, and one of the best finishers Barcelona ever had.
But like many of the club’s best players, his stay ended badly after a run-in with Cruyff during the 1994-95 season.
After winning the World Cup in 1994, the Brazilian wanted more time off and didn’t turn up for pre-season training.
He came back late, but the damage had been done.
Bobby Robson had demanded the Brazilian forward in his squad, and with 47 goals in 49 games in his first season, the English coach was vindicated.
But Ronaldo didn’t feel wanted at the club, and Inter bought him for a then-record fee of 25 million euros in 1997.
No Barcelona fan can forget Figo’s defection to Real Madrid.
The Portuguese didn’t get an improved contract that he wanted from the Blaugrana, and that saw him become part of the Florentino Perez ‘galacticos’ project in Madrid.
Figo’s transfer fee was 61 million euros.
The Brazilian lit up the Camp Nou during his time in Barcelona – and even received a standing ovation at the Estadio Bernabeu.
But his penchant for partying saw him ultimately frozen out by Pep Guardiola, who sold him to AC Milan for 25 million euros in 2008.
The Swedish frontman arrived in Barcelona for 78 million euros in 2009, but left for AC Milan for just 25 million euros the season after.
His relationship breakdown with Guardiola was the reason for his exit, but it was also a time when Messi was beginning to play more and more in Ibrahimovic’s favoured central striker position.
Neymar thrilled the Camp Nou during his time in Barcelona, forming the lethal ‘MSN’ trident with Messi and Luis Suarez.
But the riches of Paris Saint-Germain came calling and the forward set about emerging from Messi’s shadow.
Barcelona have since tried to buy back the 28-year-old on numerous occasions, but with no success.