He wouldn’t actually leave the mighty Barcelona for a Premier League team, would he!?
They were then battered 5-1 on aggregate over two legs of the Spanish Super Cup by bitter rivals Real Madrid.
This prompted Barcelona legend Gerard Pique to admit: “We are not in the best moment, as a team or a club.
“This a long process and there is room for improvement, we must stay as close as possible and keep moving forwards.”
But before you get the violins out take a step back and remember all the glory they have enjoyed over the past ten years.
And then consider the fact they have a man named Lionel Messi in their ranks, and well, thinks aren’t too bad at all are they?
Well, some football fans would suggest otherwise.
The Argentine has always maintained he would see out his entire playing career in Catalonia, despite other clubs showing interest in him over the years.
However, in the face of the current ‘adversity’ – bit dramatic, but you get the point – at Barcelona, he could be reconsidering his options.
— ㅤㅤ (@CityzensKippax) August 19, 2017
Messi followed Manchester City on Instagram… Oh boy it's happening…
— Fawad (@fawadRM) August 19, 2017
Lol messi has followed man city on instagram ???
— mask off (@derastafarian_) August 19, 2017
Messi just followed man city on instagram… Please don't do this, we just lost Neymar
— Sahil (@LekkerLighty) August 19, 2017
So.. Messi followed Man City on the gram. ?
— Buntu Stuurman ➰ (@RemedyBlackCT) August 19, 2017
So the Man city board are working on a record breaking deal and messi just followed Manchester city on instagram
— Black Caviar (@AhmedElshoush) August 18, 2017
Messi just followed Man City on Instagram!! ???
— Manish Shrestha (@manishh08) August 18, 2017
So Messi followed Man City on IG to force a Move away from Barcelona…. Enjoying football already…
— BasedOnGrace (@Jaybent04) August 19, 2017
That’s certainly what Manchester City fans think anyway. Well, the one’s who spotted – and got extremely excited about – his recent social media activity.