Joan Laporta hoped Lionel Messi would play for FREE at Camp Nou
Barcelona news: Lionel Messi, one of the most decorated players in the game’s history, is emotionally saying goodbye to his youth club FC Barcelona this summer. More than sixteen years of collaboration came to an end when Messi left the Catalan club.
Widely considered the best to grace the game, the Argentine joined Paris Saint-Germain. The French club, who already owned Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr., added another deadly weapon.
Messi’s farewell at FC Barcelona was an event with tears in his eyes. An emotional farewell press conference that will soften even the toughest. It could have been better, however, if 100,000 fans were present at the Camp Nou to say goodbye.
Nevertheless, Lionel Messi seems to have adjusted well at his new club, as expected. The striker opened his account for Paris Saint-Germain in a breathtaking manner against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona News: Joan Laporta hoped Lionel Messi would play for FREE
A beautiful goal that Kylian Mbappe had a nice exchange. Messi rolled the ball into the right corner with his magical left foot and tossed the roof off the Parc des Princes.
However, we also have to acknowledge that Lionel Messi was almost certain to stay at Camp Nou and renew his contract. Even the trustworthy Fabrizio Romano confirmed the news that Messi would stay.
However, the fact was that Lionel Messi had to go due to the poor financial situation of FC Barcelona in connection with the financial fair play conditions of the La Liga.
Barcelona News: Joan Laporta wanted Lionel Messi to play for free
Laporta: “I couldn’t have asked Leo Messi to play for free. I had some hope that he would suggest it himself, but PSG put pressure on him. Originally he wanted to stay, of course. ”Pic.twitter.com/99Ze0k06Wk
– Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) October 8, 2021
Barcelona President Joan Laporta has now announced that he is hoping Lionel Messi would play for free. Laporta say FC Barcelona were aware of the huge deal PSG had prepared but still remained hopeful.
He has also admitted that FC Barcelona’s poor financial services meant that he was unable to renew Lionel Messi’s contract. In the end, the Argentine had no choice but to take part Paris St. Germain.
“I love him too much to be angry,” said Laporta. “But at some point you see that things just can’t happen and there was disappointment on both sides. There was a wish that he would stay, but the pressure of the offer he had. He knew he would go to PSG if he didn’t stay.
“He will go down as the best player in Barcelona history and I want it to stay that way. Everything indicates that he had the offer from PSG before leaving Barcelona. We knew he had a lot to offer.
“When it came to the decision, I thought I would do the best for Barcelona. I was hoping there would be a change and he would say he would play for free, but we can’t expect that from a player of his level. “