Lionel Messi Andrés Cuccitini is an integral part of Barcelona football club. He became the captain of the football team after the departure of Andrés Iniesta from the club.
When it comes to affairs of a football team , captains have less capacity to teams’ signings of players into the team. It becomes crucial if a captain is the one who recommends players for the board of directors to purchase.
Lionel Messi is an exceptional player from this concept. He forms part indirectly of Barcelona’s board of directors.
According to sources , Lionel Messi has been making suggestions on the type of players the team should be buying. This is all because he wants to win the UEFA Champions League for the club before he finally exits the club, just as Xavi Hernandez and Andrès Iniesta were able to achieve. In view of this , he sometimes tell board members of the club on what type to buy. Below are the top ten players he wanted the board to sign to be able to win UCL for the team ;
Anthony Martial is a French International who plays for Manchester United in England. He is a prolific striker who always has his head up for goal . In 2018, a Spanish website , El Gol Digital , reported that Lionel Messi interest in playing together with Martial at the same club.
9. Jesse Lingard
During the 2018 football season, Jesse Lingard was all over the English news and headlines. Fans cannot doubt was the apple of the club’s eye. El Gol Digital, again reported that Lionel Messi was attracted to the prolific plays of Lingard and would have liked to feature him in the Barcelona team.
8. Thiago Silva
Following Barcelona’s quest for Neymar Junior from PSG , Neymar reportedly told Barcelona before he joins Barca again , they have to sign his counterpart, Thiago Silva, before he joins. Lionel Messi was very determined to play with Neymar agian. He tried all his best but the move never came to past.
7. Jadon Sancho
According to Don Balon , Lionel Messi wanted Barcelona to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. Jadon Sancho has really performed excellently . He was the 8th most valuable player in the world ahead of Messi with €117m. The young English forward is a promising star who is attracting top clubs around Europe. He is a talented player and has a lot of potential. I won’t be surprised if Messi wanted Barcelona to sign him.
6. Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford is an English player that plays for Manchester United. Stretty News came up with the revelation that Lionel Messi wanted Barcelona to sign Rashford after Luiz Suarez’s injury and inconsistency. Rashford is a very smart striker and would have helped Messi a lot if the transfer was sealed.
5. Trent Alexander- Arnold or Joshua Kimmich
During the start of this season , Don Balon reported that Lionel Messi was not satisfied with the two right backs , Nelson Semedo and Sergi Roberto. Following this, Messi advocated that Barcelona should go in for either Trent Alexander-Arnold or Joshua Kimmich . The right backs are arguably good players, especially with Arnold whose freekick assist to Divock Origi knocked them out of the 2018/19 Uefa Champions League .
4. Matthijs De Ligt
With reference from the report of Don Balon, Lionel Messi reportedly wanted the board of directors of Barca to sign De Ligt to be a permanent replacement for Gerard Pique . Barcelona was aggressively chasing for the signature of De Ligt until Juventus signed him. He is a good player who has a lot of potentials and would have brought joy to the Barcelona team.
3. Saúl Ñiguez
Back in the beginning of the 2019/2020 season , Lionel Messi wanted Barcelona to sign Saúl Ñíguez from Atletico Madrid instead of spending huge amount on Griezmann . He perceived that the team was rich in forwards and that, obtaining a productive midfielder would be appropriate. He eagerly called the team to purchase Saúl Ñíguez.
2. Mohammed Salah
In the 2017/2018 football season , Salah had a very successful season with 44 goals in all competitions. The Egyptian was selected among the favorite players to win the Balon D’or . He was ranked the second runner-up that year in the Balon D’or. Salah really caught the eyes of the top European clubs. Lionel Messi wanted Barcelona to recruit this player to play with him at the Catalunya club.
Lionel Messi wasn’t pleased with misfiring efforts of Philippe Coutinho after his introduction to the team. In view of this , he wanted Barcelona to get Manè on the team.
The Senegalese player is arguably one of the best players around the world right now. He recently won the African Best Player. He performed marvelously to the surprise of football fans all over the world. No wonder Messi wanted him on the Barcelona team.
Do agree with Lionel Messi to get all these players to play for Barcelona, and which of the players mentioned above do you think would have seen success or been a disaster at Barca if he had joined.