A week ago City were hit with a two-year restriction from European challenge by UEFA for “genuine ruptures” of Financial Fair Play guidelines following an examination.
City, who were blamed for “exaggerating sponsorship income” somewhere in the range of 2012 and 2016, have denied any bad behavior and mean to claim the approvals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
In any case, should the boycott stick, it would cast questions over the fates of players, for example, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Messi’s dear companion Sergio Aguero.
“It is astounding in light of the fact that no one idea that something like this could occur, so ground-breaking,” Messi told Mundo Deportivo.
“Paris [Saint-Germain] paid a fine or I don’t have the foggiest idea how it went. In the event that at last City doesn’t play in the Champions League for what it is, with the players, the club, and the cash it spends, it will be peculiar.”
Messi was then gotten some information about the chance of his countryman Aguero needing to go along with him at Camp Nou should the boycott be maintained.
“The Champions League is appealing so two years without playing it tends to be in a bad way.”
City face Real Madrid in the last 16 of this current season’s opposition, with their Premier League rivals Liverpool having just lost to another club from the city in their first leg.
Atletico Madrid turned out to be only the third group to overcome the Reds this season when they asserted a 1-0 achievement in Spain on Tuesday, not unreasonably Messi was astounded by the LaLiga side’s exhibition.
“In all actuality, no,” he said.
“Upon the arrival of the draw we talked in the changing area that it would be extremely close on the grounds that Atletico contends a great deal right now.
“In duels of two matches they are solid and they indicated it once more, that they will contend and they will be there.”