Where is he going to go? I can't see him coming to the Premier League, at 34 years old they don't need him. The MLS? That's a retirement home and doesn't provide anywhere near the quality of football needed to keep a player of Messi's calibre in tip-top condition, he needs European football for that. Ditto China.
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Apparently he took a 50 percent wage cut without asking to negotiate, but in La Liga that is the maximum you can force a player to cut so even if he went lower then the league would have intervened.
Then again you could argue how did he end up with such a high wage bill to come down from in the first place.