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The president of Barça would have liked Lionel Messi "to stay and play for free"

The president of Barça would have liked Lionel Messi “to stay and play for free”

He joined Paris in August, scored a superb goal in his new PSG colors against Manchester City, I found a house and even take the time to enjoy the cultural life of the capital. In short, Lionel Messi is no longer a Barça player, but the wound is struggling to close in Catalonia. The test again this Friday morning on the microphone of the RAC1, where the president of FC Barcelona attended to discuss the conditions for the Argentine’s departure.

Harassed by financial difficulties with a debt estimated at 1.3 billion euros in March, the Blaugranas have asked too much of their star for him to agree to stay. “I was hoping that at the last minute Messi would say that he has to play for free,” he explains. the president returns to business in march. I would have been convinced and the League would have accepted, but you can’t ask a player of his level. “

The Barça wants to pay tribute to Messi

If he says that both parties wanted La Pulga to continue contributing his technique to the Camp Nou, Joan Laporta also believes that the sums proposed by Paris weighed too much in the balance. “We will never know if the offer from PSG was made before,” slides the leader. Everything indicates yes. During the negotiations, everyone knew that he had a very strong offer. “

But the outcome of the negotiations would not have affected his relations with Lionel Messi. “I did not get angry with Messi. I cannot get angry with someone whom I have in such high esteem, continues the Barça president of the 34-year-old player. I wish I could pay tribute to Messi. He deserves it and we will be happy to honor him accordingly, if they so desire (Editor’s note: him and his family). “

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