February 17, 2019
Messi Reportedly Threatens To Leave Barcelona Unless They Sign Harry Kane Or Kylian Mbappe

Although it might be unthinkable to imagine Lionel Messi playing for any team other than his beloved Barcelona, rumors abound suggest that the world's greatest footballer may soon be leaving Camp Nou.

And the reason? Simple! The little Argentinian is reportedly not happy about Luis Suarez' recent performance. Recently, the Barcelona center-forward has been misfiring in a big way, and Messi is apparently fed up with not having a teammate who is scoring guaranteed goals.

Team Talk reports that after the Catalan side limped to a narrow victory on Saturday -- courtesy of a Messi penalty -- it became evident that Barcelona was missing a certain something. That something is a reliable center forward capable of finding the back of the net time, after time, after time.

On Saturday, in Barcelona's game against Real Valladolid, Kevin-Prince Boateng was given an airing in the center-forward position, but he failed to impress.

A report from Don Balon alleges that Messi has been calling for someone who will replace Suarez for the time being, and help give Barcelona the strike-rate he believes they deserve.

Apparently, the club has a shortlist of forwards they would consider, including Timo Werner, Hirving Lozano, Maxi Gome, and Luka Jovic.

It is rumored that Messi feels that the aforementioned players, although talented, are not yet capable of joining a club like Barcelona. Messi isn't confident in their ability to deliver the goods week in, week out.

Allegedly, Messi's dynamic relationship with Barcelona will soon draw to an end with his departure imminent, unless club president Joseph Maria Bartomeu gets out his checkbook and signs either Harry Kane or Kylian Mbappe. Sources say Messi has asked Barcelona to go all out and sign one or the other.

Lionel Messi of Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid CF at Camp Nou on February 16, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.
Getty Images | David Ramos

Last December, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde went on the record, calling Kane "an extraordinary striker who associates well, has an ariel game, is decisive in the area."

"I do not like to talk about players who are on other teams. We keep the maximum discretion but that does not stop us feeling a great respect for Kane and admire him."
In recent weeks, the Tottenham Hotspur star has been linked with a $350 million move to both Manchester United and Real Madrid. It remains to be seen if Messi will get his wish, but you can bet your bottom dollar Barca will do all they can to accommodate the footballing genius, who has proved so integral to the club.