What Laporta Said About Lionel Messi’ Departure From Barcelona

The President of Barcelona FC Joan Laporta has revealed that he would have loved that Lionel Messi stays in the Spanish side Barcelona even with the current financial crisis rocking the club

Lionel Messi left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain in August but the Spanish club is still lamenting their loss.

Barcelona could not hold on to Messi due to LaLiga’s strict salary limits, though the player wanted to stay.

The club is currently in an atrocious financial situation where they recorded losses of 481 million euros ($556 million) last season, with a gross debt of 1.35 billion euros.
Messi has since made his debut and hit the back of the net at PSG Barcelona president Joan Laporta is still nursing some wishes.

Speaking on friday Laporta admitted that he had hoped the six time Ballon D’Or winner changes his mind about leaving the club and offer to play for free.

“I hoped Messi would do a u-turn and he would say he would play for free.

“I would have liked that and I would have been all for it. It is my understanding LaLiga would have accepted it. But we cannot ask a player of Messi’s stature to do this.” Laporta told Catalan radio station RAC1.

Laporter also admitted that continous investment in Messi would put the club as a huge financial risk.

“We had the conclusions of the audit (on Wednesday) and the investment in Leo would have put us at risk,” said Laporta, who also suggested Barcelona could yet sign up to a deal with investment fund CVC Capital Partners.

“So there came a time when both parties saw that it would not be possible. There was disappointment on both sides.”

Barcelona have suffered misfortune since the exit of Messi, losing three matches, drawing one and managing three wins. They are currently 9th on the league table.

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