Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio revealed in his book “Grand Hotel Calcio Mercato”, the details of Real Madrid’s attempt to sign the Argentine Lionel Messi from Barcelona in 2013.
According to Gianluca, Messi was close to wearing the white shirt and signing with Real Madrid in 2013, as he was on the radar of the president of the royal club, Florentino Perez, who was ready to pay 250 million euros in the value of the penalty clause at the time in the “flea” contract with the “Blaugrana”.
According to the Italian journalist, who specializes in the transfer market, Real Madrid sent emissaries to Barcelona to find out about Messi’s position and to make an offer to Barcelona’s administration worth 250 million euros.
This amount was earmarked for restructuring the “Santiago Bernabeu” stadium, but the Argentine player’s response was decisive: “I will not go to Real Madrid, you are wasting time,” according to the Spanish newspaper AS reported.
According to Gianluca’s book, Messi did not even want to know the financial rewards he would get from this historic deal.
It is noteworthy that it is not the first time that there has been talk about the possibility of Messi signing with Real Madrid. Years ago, a leaked website “Football Lakes” stated that Florentino Perez proposed to the Argentine an 8-year contract with a net salary of 23 million euros annually, and the offer also included a commission 5% of the transaction (16 million euros) was given to the player’s father and his agent, but the Argentine refused this offer.
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