Laporta: I Hoped Messi Would Offer To Play For Free

In this file photo taken on November 24, 2018 Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi reacts during the Spanish league football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. JAVIER SORIANO / AFP
In this file photograph taken on November 24, 2018 ex-Barcelona’s Argentinian ahead Lionel Messi reacts through the Spanish league soccer match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona on the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. JAVIER SORIANO / AFP

 

Barcelona president Joan Laporta admitted on Friday he hoped Lionel Messi would change his thoughts about leaving the membership and provide to play totally free.

Messi joined Paris Saint-Germain in August after Barca determined to not renew the Argentinian’s contract attributable to La Liga’s strict wage limits.

“There came a time when both parties saw that it would not be possible. There was disappointment on both sides,” Laporta informed Catalan radio station RAC1.

“He wanted to stay but they also had a lot of pressure because of the offer 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 totally free.

“I would have liked that and I would have been all for it. It is my understanding La Liga would have accepted it. But we cannot ask a player of Messi’s stature to do this.”

Laporta reiterated the membership’s atrocious monetary state of affairs meant they had been unable to maintain Messi on the identical phrases.

Barca recorded losses of 481 million euros ($556 million) final season, with a gross debt of 1.35 billion euros.

“We had the conclusions of the audit (on Wednesday) and the investment in Leo would have put us at risk,” mentioned Laporta, who additionally instructed Barcelona might but signal as much as a cope with funding fund CVC Capital Partners.

La Liga informed Barca in August they may maintain Messi in the event that they agreed to the deal, which concerned the league promoting 10 % of the industrial enterprise, together with tv rights, for the following 50 years, in change for two.7 billion euros.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao rejected the provide.

“We do not need more debt,” mentioned Laporta. “I understand La Liga clubs are suffering. We have not ruled ourselves out of this operation but they have to change it. They are trying to reformulate the deal.”

Laporta additionally confirmed his help for Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, whose future has been unsure in latest weeks.

“I think he deserves a margin of confidence,” mentioned Laporta. “I asked him if he trusted the team and he said, ‘Of course I trust them. I need to get the injured players back’. He wants to continue at all costs and show this team is competitive.”

AFP

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