The 34-year-old is Barcelona’s greatest player and arguably the greatest of all time. Lionel Messi’s departure was a surprising development, as reliable reports suggested the striker was on the verge of signing a new deal with the club.
It remains to be seen what Messi’s new destination will be. The usual suspects, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, have been linked to his signing. But they could face some competition as all of Europe’s top clubs will be keen to sign Lionel Messi on a free transfer.
Here we take a look at five players who could replace Lionel Messi at Barcelona.
# 5 Ansu Fati | Barcelona