Here's the Catalan press, explaining why Messi will not follow the Luis Figo route to Real:
"We Love You Messi", simpered Sport's cover, its editor declaring "Messi's kiss not just any kiss", and "this won't be like Figo because Messi is nether a money grabber nor a gypsy".
Anyway, I find this whole Messi-to-Madrid meme planted by Florentino Pérez (the favorite to become Madrid's new head honcho; you may remember him as the architect of the Galactico era and specifically for luring Luis Figo from Barca to Real) to be blatantly transparent and quite stupid. Let me tell you right now: Messi is not going anywhere. He has said so himself in quite categorical terms (and his words actually mean something, unlike some douchebags I am familiar with). Joan Laporta too has rubbished the idle speculation, dismissing it (accurately) as a campaign to "destabilize" Barca. Even Messi's dad has piped in, saying "I know Leo wants to stay with Barça and will never go to Madrid. In Madrid they can say what they want. All I am saying is that it is up to him because it is his decision and he feels very, very good in Barcelona."
In other words, Messi is not a gypsy.