Barcelona chairwoman Joan Laporta: I hoped Lionel Messi would declare oneself to play for free

Barcelona chairwoman Joan Laporta: I hoped Lionel Messi would declare oneself to play for free

Barcelona prexy Joan Laporta: I hoped Lionel Messi would fling to play for free


Published on: 2021-10-11 11:38

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Madrid – Barcelona Chief Executive Joan Laporta admitted on Fri he hoped Lionel Messi would exchange his mind active going away the club and volunteer to play for free.

Messi connected Capital of france Saint-Germain in Revered after Barca distinct not to regenerate the Argentinian’s sign due to La Liga’s stern pay limits.

"There came a time when both parties saw that it would not be possible. There was dashing hopes on both sides," Laporta told Latinian language wireles place RAC1.

"He yearned-for to stay but they also had a lot of squeeze because of the crack they had. They knew if he didn’t stay, he would go to PSG."

Laporta continued: "I hoped Messi would do a u-turn and he would say he would play for free.

"I would have likeable that and I would have been all for it. It is my reason La Liga would have standard it. But we cannot ask a player of Messi's height to do this."

Laporta reiterated the club’s abominable fiscal site meant they were incapable to keep Messi on the same terms.

Barca filmed losings of 481 million euros ($556 million) last season, with a pure debt of 1.35 cardinal euros.

"We had the conclusions of the inspect (on Wednesday) and the investment funds in Leo would have put us at risk," said Laporta, who also advisable Barcelona could yet sign up to a deal with investment funds fund CVC Primary Partners.

La Liga told Barca in Grand they could keep Messi if they in agreement to the deal, which up to his neck the league marketing 10 pct of the commercialised business, including television set rights, for the next 50 years, in change for 2.7 trillion euros.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Gymnastic Bilbao disapproved the offer.

"We do not need more debt," said Laporta. "I realize La Liga clubs are suffering. We have not subordinate ourselves out of this cognitive operation but they have to convert it. They are hard to redevelop the deal."

Laporta also unchangeable his backing for Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, whose in store has been chancy in Holocene epoch weeks.

"I reckon he deserves a edge of confidence," said Laporta. "I asked him if he trustworthy the team and he said, 'Of class I confidence them. I need to get the eviscerate players back'. He wants to keep going at all costs and show this team is competitive."

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