Change is already taking place at Barcelona.
Quique Setien has been sacked, with Ronald Koeman coming in as his replacement, while Eric Abidal has left the club too.
A lot of players’ futures are surrounded by doubt at the moment, not least Lionel Messi‘s.
Everyone could see the images of the Blaugrana captain at half time of – and after – their humiliating defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Nothing much was said in the dressing room at the time, but now Messi is seriously considering his future at the Camp Nou.
It’s not the first time the forward has undertaken a period of reflection after a damaging loss, either with Barcelona or with Argentina.
It might be a good thing for Messi to wait, rather than speaking out straight after a defeat like this, which is what he did when retiring from international duty back in 2016.
While we wait for the player to make a decision, he himself is mulling over what to do next.
At the moment, nothing can be ruled out.
Messi is tied to Barcelona until June 2021 and can no longer exercise the clause in his contract that allowed him to leave for free at any time.
Talks had begun over a new deal, thought to be for another two years with the same get-out clause after the first season, but they were halted a few weeks ago.
One of the options Messi is currently considering is whether to leave Barcelona this summer, rather than wait a year for his contract to expire.
He knows the team are in a tough situation and in need of an urgent reform which won’t bring trophies straight away.
At 33 years old, Messi doesn’t have much time to waste either.
If he does decide that he wants out this summer, there are two clubs ready to receive him with open arms – Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
Joining PSG would be a tantalising prospect for Messi, who would link up with former Barcelona teammate Neymar, as well as Kylian Mbappe.
As for Manchester City, their main selling point is Pep Guardiola, plus Messi‘s great friend Sergio Aguero.
If Messi doesn’t opt to leave the Camp Nou now, he has two other options – wait until his contract expires or sign an extension.
With his future completely up in the air, the chat with incoming boss Ronald Koeman could have a huge bearing on where Barcelona‘s No.10 ends up.