The £100 million man: What Would Messi Add to Man City?

By Joel Turner IN General,Transfers - 20:05 Jan 17th 2017

Reports suggest Man City are at the earliest stages of a new bid for one of the modern era's great players, Lionel Messi. But what would Messi add to the City team, and how would it be shaped around the talented playmaker?

£100 million is the figure touted to lure Barcelona into selling their prized asset, who turns 30 this season, away from the Nou Camp. His salary demands would likely be equally eye-watering, but the city hierarchy are likely confident they can recoup their investment in sporting success and commercial deals.

Making a direct comparison with Lionel Messi and any player other than his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo is difficult. His top-level figures over the past five years at Barca are staggering:

Lionel Messi
POS: FWDAGE: 29Y 6M
HEIGHT: 5FT 7INWEIGHT: 11ST 4LB
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
12/13
Barcelona
32
14
46
13/14
Barcelona
31
11
28
14/15
Barcelona
38
18
43
15/16
Barcelona
33
16
26
16/17
Barcelona
15
3
14
TOTAL
149
62
157

A tally of 157 goals and 62 assists in 149 games tells its own amazing story and goes some way to describing the influence Messi would have for any side he played for.

The best comparison to make in the Man City side is with fellow Argentine Sergio Aguero, who has made exactly the same number of appearances this season.

Lionel
Messi
versusSergio
Aguero
FWDPOSITIONFWD
29Y 6MAGE28Y 7M
5FT 7INHEIGHT5FT 8IN
11ST 4LBWEIGHT11ST 4LB
 
LL | BCN | | MCI | PL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
13
STARTS
13
1204
MINS
PLAYED
1235
14
GOALS
11
3
ASSISTS
2
OPENING
GOALS
5
1
WINNING
GOALS
5
5
HOME
GOALS
3
9
AWAY
GOALS
8
HEADED
GOALS
L
11
R
1
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
2
R
8
86
MINS
PER GOAL
112
5
TOTAL
4

While goals scored is roughly comparable, Messi has also chimed in with assists during a campaign hampered by injury.

The prospect of Aguero and Messi lining-up in the same side is one that will surely give even the most hardened Premier League defender nightmares.

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