Lionel Messi was close to leaving Barcelona in 2014

Lionel Messi was close to leaving Barcelona in 2014
Lionel Messi was close to leaving Barcelona in 2014

Without a doubt, the best story of the summer was the one starred by the board of directors of the Barcelona and Lionel Messi about his future in the team, but it turns out that something very similar happened a few years ago, when Chelsea came close to signing the Argentine.

At the time, the flea’ he was living one of his best moments.

Just in that season, the squad that was led by Luis Enrique managed to proclaim himself champion of the UEFA Champions League, That surely would not have been possible without the South American, who contributed 10 goals and 5 assists in the 13 games of the continental tournament.

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According to the book Grand Hotel Calciomercato, written by the Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the José Mourinho’s Chelsea was close to signing Lionel Messi being willing to pay its rescission clause of 250 million euros.

The salary offer would have been 50 million pounds and 70% of the image rights.

At that time, Spain was frequently persecuting footballers who evaded their responsibilities before the Ministry of Finance, which is why The front the possibility of accepting the proposal to emigrate to the Premier League; In the end, he stayed and was fined 53 million euros.

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As if that were not enough, the work speaks of the fact that the Real Madrid tried to become the top scorer in history ‘Barça’, but it was with much less conviction on the part of Florentino Pérez and there was no meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo.

A new chapter of this season awaits us next year with the expiration of his contract.

It is a fact that Lionel Messi came close to signing for Chelsea in 2014, And we will never know if he would have shone as bright as he has at Barcelona for 15 years; what we can think is that the ‘Blues’ they might try to convince him to sign with them once the 2020/21 season is over.

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