Barcelona great Lionel Messi was forced to leave the club this summer due to financial problems at Barcelona. The Argentine was ready to accept a 50% pay cut but still, it wasn’t enough to keep him at the club.
Barcelona blamed La Liga for their inability to sign Lionel Messi. However, La Liga president Javier Tebas has now insisted that Barcelona could have re-signed Messi.
Tebas recalled to Radio Cope: “I had dinner in July with (Barca president Joan) Laporta and he agreed to sign the CVC agreement. I don’t know if Messi had not renewed, but I got a call: ‘Can we speed up the CVC operation? The boy is getting nervous …’. I told him ‘the day he leaves, Florentino will try to stop him’ and he replied ‘no, no, I have a personality’. “Florentino is behind it all, I have no doubts.”
“There was an agreement that for those who made the CVC deal they could allocate 15% of that money to the players. In my opinion, they could have signed Messi. Laporta has signed players like (Memphis) Depay, (Sergio) Agüero …. If he had not signed these players, Messi could have continued.”
Lionel Messi is now playing at PSG with Neymar and Mbappe and hopes to win the Champions League for the French club.