Lionel Messi: Barcelona president hoped ‘he would play without spending a dime’ earlier than becoming a member of PSG

Joan Laporta and Lionel Messi after the 2021 Copa del Rey closing

Barcelona president Joan Laporta says he hoped Lionel Messi would keep on the membership and “play without spending a dime”.

Messi, 34, left for Paris St-Germain in August after Barcelona have been unable to resume his contract due to La Liga’s wage limits.

The Argentine, who received 10 league titles with the Catalan giants, needed to depart regardless of agreeing a deal price 50% of his earlier contract.

“There was disappointment on each side,” Laporta mentioned.

“I hoped Messi would do a U-turn and he would say he would play without spending a dime,” he added in an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1.external-link

“I might have preferred that and I might have been all for it. It’s my understanding La Liga would have accepted it. However we can not ask a participant of Messi’s stature to do that.”

Laporta reiterated that Messi signing a brand new deal would have put the membership “in danger”.

Messi famously broke down in tears at a information convention as his departure was introduced.

Laporta additionally backed under-pressure supervisor Ronald Koeman, with Barcelona down in ninth within the La Liga desk.

“I requested him if he trusted the group and he mentioned, ‘In fact I belief them. I have to get the injured gamers again’. He desires to proceed in any respect prices and present this group is aggressive.”

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