Lionel Messi is preparing for yet another season with FC Barcelona, but with a few changes this time around.
The legendary player was reportedly considering his future away from Barcelona over the past year, before signing a new deal this summer. Messi would now be staying at Barcelona for the foreseeable future, with his new contract making him one of the highest paid players in the world.
But he is still not a happ man is he?
Messi was extremely upset with the way Barca failed to challenge Real Madrid last season in both the league and Champions league. That is why he has made an ultimatum to the Barcelona board this time around.
He wants to remove the deadwood at the club such as Arda Turan, Andre Gomes and Jeremy Mathieu.
Messi wants the club to target new defenders as well as attacking midfielders. Messi has personally requested Di Maria to brought in from PSG. Messi has requested for a replacement for Iniesta as it looks like age has caught up with him. He is also looking at Dybala as the potential replacement for Neymar.
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Also Neymar and Suarez are apparently not happy with the service that they are getting from the midfield and Messi wants to correct that.
Messi always had a different status at the club but it looks like he is having far more of an influence as compared to previous seasons. The Barcelona board are in a tricky spot as they do not want to upset their prized asset while at the same they do not want to rip up their entire team and build one from scratch as well.