Soccer Betting Update: Barca, Messi part ways; Grealish signs big deal with Man City
Lionel Messi and Jack Grealish are two of the best soccer stars in the world today. Developments about them are much-awaited by fans. On Thursday, both players made headlines with Messi parting ways with Grealish after 20 years. On the other hand, Grealish signed a six-year deal with Manchester City for a record GBP100 million (USD139 million). The news about the two will certainly turn heads of fans, pundits, and online soccer betting enthusiasts who take tabs of Messi and Grealish whenever they play.
Soccer Update: Messi bids farewell to Barca
The 34-year-old Messi and the Catalan giants officially parted ways on Thursday. This is after failing to iron out what both parties say “economic and structural obstacles” for a contract extension. The development came a month after the six-time Ballon d’Or winner helped Argentina win the Copa America over Brazil. Lionel Messi, who signed his first deal with the La Liga squad in 2000 on a napkin when he was only 13, played 788 games for the club before his contract expired on June 30. During his time with the Catalan giants, Messi won 35 trophies with the club. This includes the UEFA Champions League in 2015. However, the 2020-21 season was a disappointment for Barca. It only won the Spanish King’s Cup and only made it to the last 16 of the Champions League.
Speculation is rife on where Messi will sign up. There are rumors that he could sign a two-year deal with a Major League Soccer club. Although Brazilian talisman Neymar, previously stated that he would love to team up with his “friend” at Paris Saint-Germain. Most soccer punters are predicting PSG as Messi’s next destination while others are still hoping the midfield wizard could return to Barca. Others are looking at him playing with Manchester City in the English Premier League. And to return to his homeland with Newell’s Old Boys.
Grealish transfers to Man City
Manchester City beefed up its roster with the signing of Jack Grealish. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder signed a six-year deal worth (GBP100 million) USD139 million. The fee broke the previous record of GBP89 million (USD124 million) that City’s rivals Manchester United paid to sign Paul Pogba from Serie A squad Juventus in 2016. City confirmed that Grealish will wear the number 10 shirt from striker Sergio Aguero, who transferred to Barcelona. In a statement, Grealish said that he was happy to be part of the best team in the United Kingdom. He is also grateful to be under the tutelage of arguably, the best manager in the world in Pep Guardiola. Reports also disclosed that the defending Premier League champions have activated a clause in the player’s contract that forced Aston Villa to accept their offer when it reached GBP100 million.
Grealish played for Aston Villa 213 times since his debut in 2014 and scored 32 goals and recorded 43 assists. Last season, he scored six times and dished off 10 dimes. He will join fellow England teammates Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling to form a formidable attacking crew. City also has Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, and Riyad Mahrez at its disposal, and they will begin their 2021-22 campaign against Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium on August 8 and kickstart their Premier League title defense against Tottenham a week later.
The exit of Lionel Messi from Barcelona has sent shockwaves to the European football community. Meanwhile, the addition of Jack Grealish to Manchester City will strengthen its bid to defend its title in the Premier League. There is a chance that Messi and Grealish could team up depending on what Man City will offer to the Argentine star. Or he could end up in another league and begin a new chapter to his soccer career. The best online betting site for soccer will cover all the sidelights and highlights of the 2021-22 European soccer season and deliver all the stats right at your fingertips.