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Joan Laporta Claims Barcelona Once Rejected €250m Bid for Lionel Messi

Joan Laporta Claims Barcelona Once Rejected €250m Bid for Lionel Messi
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Joan Laporta Claims Barcelona Once Rejected €250m Bid for Lionel Messi

Joan Laporta Claims Barcelona As soon as Rejected €250m Bid for Lionel Messi

Ex-Barcelona president and 2021 candidate Joan Laporta has claimed that Inter made a €250m switch bid for Camp Nou celebrity Lionel Messi in 2006, which might have shattered the world switch file.

Messi is working down his present Barcelona contract and will depart as a free agent on the finish of the season, having already had one severe try blocked final summer time. It might finish 20 years at Barca, throughout which era he has change into one of many best gamers of all time.

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Messi is a dwelling legend at Camp Nou after 20 years at Barcelona | LLUIS GENE/Getty Photographs

However his profession may simply have been so totally different had a proposed transfer to Inter been accomplished in 2006, at a time when Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o and Deco have been the large names at Camp Nou.

The story of Inter’s curiosity in Messi round that point is already identified, however Laporta has claimed that Barcelona resisted a colossal €250m provide.

“No person who loves Barcelona can have doubts about Messi. I hope I could be named president after which I’ll communicate with him,” Laporta mentioned on Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

“We rejected a €250m provide coming from Inter in 2006. [Massimo] Moratti needed to convey him to his membership,” the presidential hopeful added.

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Messi’s profession may have been very totally different had he left Barca | Luis Bagu/Getty Photographs

It wouldn’t have been the primary time Inter supplied a world file charge for a Barcelona ahead, having beforehand poached Ronaldo from the Catalans in the summertime of 1997.

Moratti’s longstanding curiosity in Messi was confirmed by the person himself earlier this yr, claiming in an interview with La Stampa that he had an opportunity to do the deal however opted in opposition to it.

“I may have signed him when he was very younger, however Barcelona was serving to him to beat his progress issues. I assumed it was higher for him to remain there,” Moratti declared.

Former Barcelona and Inter ahead Luis Suarez, who received the Ballon d’Or in 1960, claimed in 2016 that Messi as soon as signed a pre-contract settlement to hitch Inter when he was an adviser at San Siro.

“We may have gotten him when Barcelona had Deco, Ronaldinho, and Eto’o up entrance. I nonetheless have the pre-contractual settlement that he signed,” Suarez mentioned on Radio Kiss Kiss in Italy.

It’s also not the primary time that Laporta has spoken about Inter’s supposed bid, though the small print of his story have modified from when he beforehand advised it in 2017. In that model, it was apparently solely a €150m bid from Inter that was rejected, prompting Barcelona to lift his launch clause.

“It was 2006 when Inter made a suggestion,” the ex-Barca president advised The Guardian.

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Joan Laporta truly advised a barely totally different story in 2017 | JOSEP LAGO/Getty Photographs

“They have been ready to pay the €150million buyout clause, which is why we [later] raised it to €250m, however I at all times felt reassured by my relationship along with his dad, Jorge.

“I advised him: ‘They will need to pay the clause as a result of I will not promote. He’ll be glad right here, he’ll get glory. There, he’ll solely win financially. Your son’s destined to be the best in historical past and right here he’ll have a group to assist get there. He’ll get pleasure from it.’”

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