After scoring four goals against Arsenal at the Camp Nou in the Champions League, after making a mockery of Arsenal's makeshift back four, after dominating the youthful, brilliant, but completely inexperienced Arsenal squad, the last thing one would expect to hear from Lionel Messi's mouth is that he's looking to swap the Blaugrana for rainy London.
However, Messi has never been one to shy from adversity or a difficult move away from a comfortable environment. When he was 13 years of age, Messi left Newell's Old Boys, and his family and friends in Argentina to come start a life in Barcelona and pursue a career as a professional footballer with only his father to keep him company.
Strangely enough this type of transfer is prevented by Article 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, but one of the parties needs to complain in order to bring FIFA's attention to such infringements and both Newell's and Leo were satisfied with the terms of the deal.
However, Leo has become unsatisfied, and unambitious following the treble victory last season and the team's ability to cruise past lesser opposition in both the Champions League and La Liga.
Leo wants to be remembered as the best of the best, and he believes that by playing out the rest of his days in one club, namely the best in the world, he will only be remembered as an excellent player who couldn't make the grade in other teams.
We have already seen him receive a plethora of criticism for his string of poor performances for his national team, and most are expecting him to explode at this year's World Cup or he will receive even more verbal torture and oral damnation.
Messi has recently admitted to Pep Guardiola that this summer he will be looking for a move, preferably to Arsenal, a team where he could pursue different types of silverware, but the change in style of the team would not be so great as say moving to Liverpool or Chelsea.
The news was that Cesc and some cash would be swapped for Messi. However, the club's financial reports for 2009-2010 have been so excellent that apparently Arsenal are willing to stump up the money and blow the transfer record out of the water less than 12 months after their EPL colleagues in the North of England sold CR7/9 to the Lillywhites of Madrid for 90 million euro.
Exciting days for Arsenal ahead, when Wenger said he needed to strengthen after the defeat to Barcelona a couple of weeks ago, nobody though he would be poaching the best player of the club that just destroyed his team. I just hope Gallas leaves and gives Messi the No. 10 he deserves.
Wouldn't this just be amazing? Sorry I was really bored.