Lionel Messi greets Barcelona fans ahead of the Joan Gamper Trophy against Arsenal in August, 2019. The Argentine forward has asked to leave the Spanish club. Photo: EPA Lionel Messi greets Barcelona fans ahead of the Joan Gamper Trophy against Arsenal in August, 2019. The Argentine forward has asked to leave the Spanish club. Photo: EPA
Lionel Messi greets Barcelona fans ahead of the Joan Gamper Trophy against Arsenal in August, 2019. The Argentine forward has asked to leave the Spanish club. Photo: EPA
Jonathan White
Opinion

Opinion

Jonathan White

Lionel Messi to China? No chance but Beijing 2008 backdown might hold the key to him staying

  • New boss Pep Guardiola let Argentine stay to chase Olympic gold after Barcelona board won in court
  • Talk of a move to the Chinese Super League is way off as times have changed even since Gareth Bale almost signed last summer

Lionel Messi greets Barcelona fans ahead of the Joan Gamper Trophy against Arsenal in August, 2019. The Argentine forward has asked to leave the Spanish club. Photo: EPA Lionel Messi greets Barcelona fans ahead of the Joan Gamper Trophy against Arsenal in August, 2019. The Argentine forward has asked to leave the Spanish club. Photo: EPA
Lionel Messi greets Barcelona fans ahead of the Joan Gamper Trophy against Arsenal in August, 2019. The Argentine forward has asked to leave the Spanish club. Photo: EPA
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Jonathan White

Jonathan White

Jonathan White joined the Post in 2017 after a decade reporting on sport from China. He originally moved to Beijing to coach football in 2007 and later spent two years in Shanghai.