FC Barcelona president Juan Laporta has made some sensational claims about what happened in the weeks before Lionel Messi left the club. He says Argentina was barred from staying with his boyhood club because he already had an offer from Paris Saint-Germain at the table.
Everyone knows that Messi’s contract expires on June 30, and Lipporta was claiming at the time that everything was under control and that the contract was being renewed. As it turns out, he was actually waiting for the former captain to make a somewhat incredible offer.
“I thought I was doing the best thing for Barcelona. I was hoping for a change and he would say he would play for free, but we can’t expect a player of his level to do that. ۔ ” An interview quoted. Brand
It is to be noted that Messi had already agreed to a massive pay cut, which is believed to have led to a 50 per cent reduction in his salary. However, Lipporta expected the player to concede even more. He then expressed his displeasure that Argentina was affected by a better financial package offered by Lego One Giants.
“Everything indicates that he had a PSG offer before he left Barcelona. We knew he had a big offer. To be able to accommodate Argentina.” The decision to sign G is disappointing even though it was the club that could not find a way to ratify a new deal.
“I love it so much, but there comes a time when you see things can’t happen and there was frustration on both sides,” Lipporta told RAC1.
Interestingly, Lipporta hinted that Messi could play for free, but once the club found itself in a more stable financial position, he intended to make up for it. He then again accused the PSG of failing to make the arrangement a reality.
This is a strange announcement, no professional player is likely to accept such an “I owe you” kind of contract.
Meanwhile, Messi has moved on and is settling in France with his new club, while Lipporta is working hard to rebuild the mess left behind at Camp Nou.