Forced to let Lionel Messi go during the last summer transfer window, FC Barcelona hoped to see the Argentinian agree to play for free.
The equation was insoluble for the FC Barcelona. Blame it on the catastrophic financial situation of the Catalan club. Despite the agreement reached with Lionel Messi, the Blaugrana could not finally extend the Argentinian playmaker. A situation that the PSG to attract the native of Rosario. A heartbreak for Barcelona fans and for Barça president Joan Laporta.
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Asked at the microphone of RAC 1, the Catalan leader has once again returned to the departure of his former number 10, ensuring that he does not feel any resentment. “I didn’t get angry with Messi, he asserted. I can’t be mad at someone I hold so much to. But there comes a time when when both sides see that it won’t be possible, there is some disappointment on both sides. And I know they had a huge desire to stay, but they also had a lot of pressure because of the offer they had from Paris. I think they knew that if they didn’t continue they would go to PSG. ”
Joan Laporta nonetheless maintained a little crazy hope until the end. “What I was hoping was that at the last minute there would be a change of pace and I would say: play for free, he confided. I would have been completely convinced, and I understand that La Liga would have accepted that, but you cannot ask a player of Messi’s level to do it. “
The Barcelona president could not bring himself to ask for such a sacrifice to the six-fold Golden Ball, especially given the offer made by PSG, especially since the Pulga already agreed to divide his salary by two, and now hopes to pay the tribute he deserves. “I would like to be able to pay tribute to Messi, he assured. He deserves it and we would love to pay him a proper tribute, if they so wish. ”