How Twitter reacted to the bombshell news that Messi has handed in a transfer request

Lionel Messi has shocked the footballing world by announcing he wants out of Barcelona, the reigning Ballon d’Or winner handing in a transfer request at the Camp Nou following a turbulent period for the Spanish giants.

As ever, the headline news swiftly prompted a frenzy of responses in the world of social media, and we’ve decided to bring you the best Twitter reaction from Messi’s bombshell in Barcelona:

It’s fair to say that the decision hasn’t gone down well with Barcelona fans…

Though there are many who feel Messi’s transfer request is simply a powerplay from the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to oust the Barcelona board, with some notable former players confident we haven’t seen the last of the Argentine at the Camp Nou.

Could Leo follow Leo in making a dramatic U-turn?



Attentions have quickly turned to Messi’s next destination, however, and not that you needed it, here is a reminder of what the six-time Ballon d’Or winner could bring to his potential suitors.

Could we see Messi and Ronaldo implausibly unite in Turin, the tedious comparisons ended as the two generational rivals play out one final chapter together at Juventus?

Or could the Premier League be Messi’s next venture, where we’ll finally find out if the world’s finest footballer can handle a cold, windy night at (insert unfashionable UK location).

Manchester City appear the favourites to secure his signing with Pep Guardiola’s presence at the Etihad a pivotal part of the club’s pulling power, the Spaniard desperate to bring Messi’s magic to Manchester.

Though we’re sure Guardiola will leave Kyle Walker out of the welcoming party.

City may look like a likely destination in what would be the story of the summer, though the red half of the city haven’t ruled out the prospect of Messi lining up at Old Trafford next season.



Though let’s spare a thought for poor Jesse Lingard, it seems even the most shocking story in football can’t keep the midfielder out of the firing line as a figure of fun.

Though the king of the jokes unquestionably remains Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller, who is unlikely to let this sort of free material pass him by easily.

Punny, right?

Read – 10 of the best quotes on Barcelona legend Lionel Messi

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