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Can Anyone Put A Price On Lionel Messi?

Lionel Messi is probably the best player on the planet but can anyone put a price on the 23-year-old Barcelona striker?

Messi began playing football at a young age and his potential was quickly identified by Barcelona. He left Rosario-based Newell's Old Boys's youth team in 2000 and moved with his family to Europe, as Barcelona offered treatment for his growth hormone deficiency. Making his debut in the 2004-05 season, he broke his team record for the youngest footballer to score a league goal.

The Argentinean international will probably stay at the Catalan club for the rest of his career but just to put it into context, on 1 July 2009 Real Madrid paid Manchester United £80m for Cristiano Ronaldo. Is the striker worth even more and can anyone put a price on Lionel Messi?

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Writer: danielqpr Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 30 2011

Time: 9:48AM

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His buy out clause is 200 mil USD if im not mistaken... That means 300 mil to your lot...
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30/05/2011 09:56:00

your money will never buy him so pointless debating it really, looking forward to seeing who you do sign this summer though but surely you can't be needing new players?
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30/05/2011 10:00:00

There aren't a lot of clubs out there who could afford that sort of money but I know of one club who could. I wonder who that could be?
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30/05/2011 10:01:00

Twelvety gazquillon British pounds? I dunno!
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30/05/2011 10:11:00

79, can't be needing new players? Why? We should just stand still now should we? Of course we need new players, we should learn from Spurs mistakes of last season and ensure we've enough quality in depth to cope with the demands ofCL football on top of the rest.
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30/05/2011 10:15:00

What about a Roque Santa Cruz part ex? Ratboy Neville says Barcelona are a team of midgets so Crocky could be a useful signing to wheel on occasionally.
Johnny Baguette
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30/05/2011 10:41:00

Spursman79 - don't believe this article mentions City buying him anywhere does it? We're not even remotely entertaining the chance that he'd leave Barca (Ok, maybe when he's 35!), so stop jumping on the anti-City bandwagon eh? This article is merely a paean to one of the all time greats. Put your hatred of City to one side, sit back and admire the genius.
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30/05/2011 10:44:00

At this moment in time not a single club in the world (including City) could afford his buy out clause seeing as the FFP rules are coming into play next season. I know that's not what was asked but just thought I'd make the point anyway for anyone that wanted to add a comment along the lines of City being able to buy him. Messi, is 1 in a billion. A talent that only appears maybe once per generation if you're lucky. And at 23 years old he isn't even anywhere near his prime! That is a wonderfull yet terrifying thought.
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30/05/2011 11:03:00

There are amazing players and then there is Messi. He really is a joy to watch. Another thing I like about him and that he doesn't dive all over the place - if he's brought down he just picks himself up and carries on. Just wish others would take a page out of his book.
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30/05/2011 11:13:00

I have it on good authority that Niclas Bendtner is a better player
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30/05/2011 11:15:00

Lol at fifthcolumnblue
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30/05/2011 11:18:00

Hard to believe he is only 23yrs old, I dont see him leaving Barca and why would he? Barca are in a class of their own, their passing game is simply perfect and their play suits him to a tee, and I dont see him leaving unless he gets tired of winning trophy after trophy after trophy, which I find hard to believe. All you can do now, is sit back and admire the pure genius that is Lionel Messi
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30/05/2011 11:37:00

You're not optimistic that Moyes is going to put in a bid then Rob? ;)
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30/05/2011 11:50:00

LOL FCB, pretty sure Messi would be worth more than the whole Everton club. But in truth, would like to see Messi test himself in the premier league, think the only thing he has left to prove is that he can be a consistent performer against the English sides as his record against English sides isnt the best.
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30/05/2011 12:33:00

Amen to that Rob, but I suspect we'll have to wait at least 10 years for him to tire of winning things at Barca, by which time his career will be on the slide. never mind, at least he should hopefully have another 2-3 world cups in him!
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30/05/2011 12:36:00

Lets be honest here, an article like this wouldnt appear for any other club on vital.

P.S he destroyed Arsenal and Man utd, he'd destroy Bolton and Stoke.
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30/05/2011 13:57:00

Tevez + 35 million + the city of Abu Dhabi + 12 Greek islands + Jo should tempt them surely?
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30/05/2011 17:25:00

you left out the herd of dancing elephants Stu.
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30/05/2011 20:08:00


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