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.
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.
“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.
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.