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Inter Milan provided Barcelona £225m for Lionel Messi in 2006 – greater than QUADRUPLE the world-record switch charge at time

BARCELONA turned down a £225million Inter Milan bid for Lionel Messi in 2006, in keeping with their former membership president Joan Laporta.

The Catalan politician served because the membership’s chief between 2003 and 2010 earlier than returning earlier this 12 months.


Messi was already scorching property again in 2006Credit: AFP – Getty


Joan Laporta revealed the bid again in AprilCredit: EPA

And Laporta, 59, was requested about the way forward for sad talisman Lionel Messi – resulting in a shocking admission.

He informed Radio Onda Cero in April: “No person who loves Barcelona can have doubts about Messi.

“We rejected a £225m supply coming from Inter in 2006. [Massimo] Moratti needed to carry him to his membership.”

The supply dwarfed what was the switch world-record on the time, which was then the £46.6m that Actual Madrid paid for Zinedine Zidane in 2001.

On the time, impressed by the likes of Javier Zanetti, Adriano and Luis Figo, Inter had simply received Serie A – whereas Messi had picked up his first Champions League medal with Barca.

The Argentine, now 34, has gone on to select up three extra – however not since 2015.

In the end, Barcelona misplaced their talisman for nothing when he departed for Paris Saint-Germain as soon as his contract expired.

And former membership determine Jaume Llopis has hammered Laporta for his dealing with of the Messi and CVC funding saga.


The switch file was beforehand held by Zinedine Zidane at £46.6mCredit: AFP

The previous Espai Barca member informed Cadena SER: “The primary contract was not accepted as a result of, in keeping with Laporta, it meant mortgaging the TV rights of Barcelona for the following 50 years.

“However CVC have been keen to barter. And they didn’t negotiate both.

“Laporta was satisfied by Ferran Reverter, the brand new CEO, that it was not potential to signal with CVC, and by Florentino Perez with the European Tremendous League challenge.

“It additionally occurs that Ferran Reverter has a long-standing friendship with Florentino Perez and between them they satisfied him and Laporta to transform his thoughts and refuse to proceed negotiating.”

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