The President of Barcelona was Upset Because of Messi's Refusal to Play for the Club for Free
OREANDA-NEWS. The president of Barcelona, Joan Laporta, admitted that he was upset by the decision of forward Lionel Messi to move to PSG instead of staying at the Catalan club and playing for him for free. His words are quoted by Marca.
«Everything points to the fact that he received an offer from PSG before leaving Barca. When it came to making a decision, I thought I was doing everything for the good of Barcelona. I was hoping that the situation would change, that Messi would offer to play for Barca for free, but you can't expect a player of his level to go for it», Laporta said.
He added that he considers Messi the best player in the history of Barcelona.
On September 28, Messi scored the first goal for the Paris club. The 34-year-old Argentine scored in the 74th minute of the match against Manchester City in the second round of the Champions League group stage. The meeting was held in Paris, the hosts won 2-0.
Messi joined PSG from Barcelona last summer. The contract is for two years with the possibility of extension for another year.