Why Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to join Premier League
LIONEL MESSI would welcome Barcelona playing in the Premier League if Catalonia declares independence, according to shock reports in Spain.
Media outlet Don Balon say the Argentine superstar still desperately wants to win trophies.
Ideally, he wants Barca to continue as a serious force in La Liga.
He’d also welcome Ernesto Valverde’s men competing in a Catalan league – although appreciates such a division would lack competitiveness.
With that in mind, it’s suggested Messi is keen for Barca to compete in the Premier League if they’re not allowed to remain in La Liga.
The 30-year-old reportedly fancies locking horns with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Barcelona is the largest city in Catalonia.
And, after a disputed referendum over the weekend, the wealthy area could make a bid for independence from Spain.