In the world of football, I can realistically tell that many have wondered if the GOAT, Lionel Messi can still perform outstandingly well on the field of play if taken away from his team of great players like Iniesta, Suarez and host of others. Many debate on the grounds between him, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo that Ronaldo remains better than Messi on the basis that Cristiano Ronaldo has played both in the EPL, contending as a nominee for the world best and even migrated to play in the La liga, contending and winning the title 'World Best' from the La liga ends. Winning the title 5times just as Lionel Messi. Meanwhile, Messi hadn't had a taste of both as he shines only on the La liga grounds. On the movement of Neymar from Barcelona to PSG, breaking the MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) brotherhood acronym, some thought that Messi will be left handicapped and the club paralyzed. Remarkably, Messi and the club have shut the mouths of some critics with Messi holding high as the top goal scorer in La liga with 15 goals and Barcelona topping the league table with 45 points against their all time rival Real Madrid. This alone leaves many to wonder. Does the fate and all hope of the club depend solely on Messi?. Can Messi be the 'GOAT' away from Barcelona?. However, Barcelona could see Lionel Messi depart the club without a release payment if Catalonia is successful in its bid for independence, El Mundo reports. The Argentine star's contract has a clause written into it indicating he can leave for free if there is a secession, although if Barca were to go on playing in either Spain, England, France or Germany's top flight, he would remain tied to the Camp Nou outfit. Messi currently has a €700 million release clause in his contract, which was signed late in 2017, but if the Catalan independence bid was to be successful, the 30-year-old would become available on a free transfer. -Marachi Egwim