Braida: City could sign Messi

There has been speculation over Messi’s future since the turn of the year although the Argentina forward has been in record-breaking form for the Blaugrana.

Messi scored his 24th La Liga hat-trick during the Catalans’ 6-1 mauling of Rayo Vallecano on Sunday to send them top of the table.

And although Ariedo Braida admits that it would be “nearly impossible” to pry the 27-year-old away from the club, he feels big-spending City and PSG are two clubs that might be capable of pulling off a mega-deal for the player.

He told Spanish TV channel Esport3: “I think that it???s nearly impossible that [he] can leave, but with City and PSG that have so much money, [it] can happen.

“Sometimes strange things happen. He is a phenomenon, an extra-terrestrial comparable to Maradona and Pele.”