Lionel Messi’s career at Barcelona has come to a shocking ending after both parties struggled to come to an agreement on a contract extension. With that being said, the Barca legend becomes a free agent immediately and will be able to sign with any club he desires.

Of course, there will be a lot of teams vying for his services, but it won’t come cheap. While he won’t have a transfer fee after his deal in Spain ran out on June 30th, his wages are extremely high. But, there are a few sides in Europe who could potentially afford the striker.

Here are 3 destinations for Lionel Messi.

 

Chelsea

Okay, the Blues have money. They were willing to splash the cash on Erling Haaland and now that he’s not available, the Champions League title-holders are chasing the signature of Inter Milan hitman Romelu Lukaku, who would cost around £130 million. Well, with Lionel Messi now available, they need to forget about the Belgian and shift their focus to luring the Argentina legend to Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel has been doing everything imaginable to bring in a No. 9 this summer after Timo Werner struggled to adapt to England in his debut season. They need a proven finisher who can help them compete for PL titles. Messi would absolutely fit the bill. While he is getting older, his versatility in the final third would undoubtedly be an instant hit. The 34-year-old can thread a pass like nobody’s business but also dribble through a whole backline and fire home goals.

Roman Abramovich is never afraid to front up with money, either. If he could actually make Lionel Messi a Chelsea player, it would surely result in titles.