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Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona, where is he going?

According to an ESPN report, Man City coach Pep Guardiola and Messi spoke on the phone last week to discuss the possibility of him making a move there.

Barcelona's Argentinean forward Lionel Messi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - After many titles, hundreds of goals and countless records, Lionel Messi’s career at Barcelona could be ending abruptly.

Messi told Barcelona on Tuesday that he wants to leave after nearly two decades at the club, having grown unhappy after a trophyless season ended with a humiliating loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

He has been linked to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and even Manchester City.

The question is which team will sign him?

Given that only a handful of clubs could afford his enormous salary, there was also a reported €700 million clause in Messi's Barcelona contract, which could be waived off.

According to an_ESPN _report, Man City coach Pep Guardiola and Messi spoke on the phone last week to discuss the possibility of him making a move there.

ESPN reported Monday that City had been crunching the numbers to work out if they would be able to sign Messi without breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

The 33-year-old won a record six Ballon d’Or awards during his time at Barcelona as the top player in the world and has helped the club win 10 Spanish league titles and four Champions League crowns.

At the same time, Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel said Messi would be "welcome" at the French champions, and other clubs are expected to move for him if he was able to force an exit for free.

Meanwhile, the news was received with all kinds of analysis and guesses on Twitter as to where his next club could be:

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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