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Can Anyone Put A Price On Lionel Messi?

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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Date:Monday May 30 2011
Time: 9:48AM


His buy out clause is 200 mil USD if im not mistaken... That means 300 mil to your lot...
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?
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?
30/05/2011 10:01:00
Twelvety gazquillon British pounds? I dunno!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
30/05/2011 11:13:00
I have it on good authority that Niclas Bendtner is a better player
30/05/2011 11:15:00
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