18 August 2020 08:35
Lionel Messi would only leave Barcelona for a winning project, according to La Liga expert Graham Hunt. The Argentina international is hurting in the aftermath of their 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich on Friday. And Messi has been backed to leave the Nou Camp since, with the player unhappy at the club's failure to build a winning project. Barcelona players feel 'shy and weak' next to Lionel Messi Messi and Barcelona were on top of the world when they won the Champions League under Luis Enrique in 2015, beating Juventus 3-1 in the final. But, since then, they've had to go five agonising years without winning Europe's biggest club title.
Barcelona went into Friday's showdown with Bayern Munich out to exorcise demons the past, having fallen to big defeats against Roma and Liverpool in recent years. But they were blitzed by the Bundesliga giants, who hit EIGHT on a stunning night of football with Philippe Coutinho (2), Thomas Muller (2), Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich all on target. There's been talk of Messi potentially leaving the Nou Camp, with Manchester City emerging as frontrunners in the race for his signature. And La Liga expert Hunter has claimed the 33-year-old will only leave Barcelona for a winning project - rather than money. THINK YOU KNOW FOOTBALL? Football quiz questions and answers: 15 questions and answers for your home pub quiz