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18-year-old superstar could become the reason Messi stays at Barcelona

Udhav Arora

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As far as Barcelona fans are concerned, there are two players who are making headlines every week for the club. One of them Lionel Messi, who of course, is all too used to hitting the brief every week in the Garnet and Blue.

The other one, however, is 18-year-old Spanish sensation Pedri. The youngster joined Barcelona on the back of a breakthrough campaign with Las Palmas in the second division for a mere €5 million; a €5 million that is turning into a spectacular steal.

In 17 appearances in the Blaugrana jersey so far in the league, Pedri has scored two goals, and set up two more — both to Messi, in the form of sensational backheel passes. He has also created five big chances for his teammates, and averages 1.5 key passes per game.

His relationship with Messi on the pitch is more than noticeable, as well. The two often find each other loitering unmarked in half-spaces, almost like how Andres Iniesta would. Using Pedri as an interior in the form of a hybrid 8/10 has largely helped Messi take the creative burden off him.

In fact, so much so, that Pedri might be the reason Messi ends up staying at Barcelona, as reported by Sique Rodriguez during a program on El Golazo.

Barcelona have spent hundreds of millions in an attempt to strengthen the team, and to allow Messi to be more free on the pitch. However, all those signings have been overshadowed by an 18-year-old from a Spanish canary island signed for less than the amount they got Matheus Fernandes for.

If the two keep combining as they are right now, and a new Barcelona president is elected, there should be little stopping Messi from staying, especially when the Argentine looks gleeful, at least on the pitch.

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David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans

Aaryan Parasnis

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During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.

The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”

Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”

Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.

There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.

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