Lionel Messi decided he wanted to talk. Accustomed to taking the floor in the Argentine team, whether the Albiceleste won or lost, on the 10th he chose the occasions to appear at the Camp Nou. There were not too many. Many times, he had no choice, such as when, since he inherited the captain’s armband from Andrés Iniesta in 2018, he had to act as host in the Gamper Trophy. The man from Rosario was already preparing his speech for the preview of the game against Juventus this Sunday at the Johan Cruyff Stadium. However, he had to change the focus. From talking about illusion, he will go on to comment on his farewell to Barcelona after 21 years. The Barça club will open the doors of the Auditori 1899 for you to explain the reasons for your departure at 12.00. On the same stage, last Friday President Joan Laporta exhibited his own.
Statements on the departure of Messi from the president of Barcelona, Joan Laporta, on August 6
Although the last conversations between the player’s family and the leadership of the Catalan entity have been cordial, the atmosphere is tense. However, there is an unspoken non-aggression pact. Laporta pointed to the management of the board of Josep Bartomeu and LaLiga to explain the goodbye of Rosario and Messi wants to leave the club of his life without noise. The president, for example, was prudent when talking about the future of 10. “He is the best in the world and the logical thing is that he has other proposals,” commented the top manager of Barça. Messi was free to negotiate a new contract with another club since last January 1. It did not. He also hasn’t heard any offers since he was left without a team on June 30. “His idea was to continue at Barcelona,” they say from the footballer’s environment.
Messi had decided that he wanted to continue at Barça until the 2022 World Cup. After the appointment in Qatar, depending on how he felt physically, he would choose to continue at Barcelona or continue his career in MLS. Today he has ruled out the option of anticipating his arrival in the United States. The Rosario wants to continue in Europe. Roman Abramovich communicated with the player’s surroundings. However, the Russian magnate, owner of Chelsea, has not yet sent a formal offer to the former Barça player (the London club, in any case, is finalizing the incorporation of Lukaku, from Inter). Neither did Manchester United, another one that has the resources to add the Argentine captain to its squad. Yes, on the other hand, PSG made a move.
Jorge Messi was this Saturday afternoon at his son’s house in Castelldefels to begin to define the future. The Paris team has been attentive to Rosario’s movements for some time. Leonardo, PSG sports director, has a good relationship with the player’s father and representative. Messi also has good friends in the French capital. “What I want the most is to play with Messi again to enjoy with him again on the pitch,” Neymar repeated over and over again. The Argentine is also motivated by the possibility of reuniting with the São Paulo player. “He is the player with whom I got along the best on a soccer field,” he says privately. Di María, one of his historical companions in Argentina, had also invited him to France in April: “Having him by my side would be wonderful. I tell him to think about his happiness ”.
Last Monday, Messi was shown alongside Neymar, Di María, Paredes and Verratti in Ibiza. And this Friday, Mauricio Pochettino, coach of Paris, spoke about the possible incorporation of 10: “We are working to sign him.” According to L’Équipe, PSG offers him to be the player with the best salary in the squad: 40 million net, 30 less than he received last year at Barça.