Mercato | Mercato – PSG: Lionel Messi settles his accounts with FC Barcelona!

Posted on November 1, 2021 at 12:30 pm by Hadrien Grenier

Party of FC Barcelona this summer in a stormy context, Lionel Messi wanted to bring his truths about his departure from his long-standing club, while confiding that he is now delighted in his new Parisian life.

For a long time, FC Barcelona and Leo Messi were confident that they would find a solution to extend their union. Even after the Argentinian’s contract expired on June 30, the two sides continued to argue in an attempt to seal a deal and put his salary into the Catalan club’s accounts. But then, at the beginning of August, Barça had no other choice but to be right: its financial difficulties and its colossal payroll made it impossible to extend Leo Messi . This is how the residents of Camp Nou announced the departure of the 34-year-old striker, before staging a heart-wrenching farewell at a press conference. Subsequently, the six-time winner of the Ballon d'Or reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain on the terms of a two-year contract with an optional additional year.

“The words Joan Laporta said are irrelevant”

Now, the Argentina international is gradually adjusting to the club in the French capital and his new life in the City of Light. However, Leo Messi has still not been forgotten at FC Barcelona , where some still have some bitterness about his departure. This is particularly the case of Joan Laporta , he who had focused his entire electoral campaign before being elected last March at the head of Barça by swearing that he would extend Leo Messi . The lawyer by profession sought a solution, but all his efforts were in vain. And at the beginning of October, he made no secret of his feeling that the native of Rosario had some responsibility in the outcome of the case. “When you see that it can't be done, there is a certain disappointment on both sides. I know he really wanted to stay. Everyone knew he had a very big offer from PSG. At no time do I think of going back. I think I'm doing my best for Barca. No one can endanger the institution. I was hoping that at the last minute Lionel Messi would say he was going to play for free. But we could not ask that of a player of this level ”, explained then Joan Laporta during an interview granted to RAC1.

Only here, these words n 'were really not to the taste of Leo Messi . It should first of all be recalled that certain echoes had already appeared in the press in recent weeks according to which the Argentina international's clan was somewhat angry with Joan Laporta , the latter being accused to have used the winner of the last Copa America only for electoral purposes. And this Monday, during an interview with SPORT, Leo Messi suggested that Joan Laporta tries to turn the situation around in his eyes. “The truth is, as I explained on the way out, I did everything I could to stay, at no time was I asked to play for free. I was asked to reduce my salary by fifty percent and I did so without any problem. We were able to help the club more. My wish and that of my family was to stay in Barcelona. No one has asked me to play for free but at the same time it seems to me that the words the president has spoken are irrelevant. They hurt me because I think he doesn't need to say that, it's like taking the ball away from you and not taking the consequences, or taking matters into your own hands. It makes you think or generates a type of doubt that I think I do not deserve, “underlined number 30 of PSG .

” It was a big change “

Either way, it is now too late to rewrite history. Now Leo Messi is a PSG player, club with which he has already scored three goals in three matches of the Champions League , although he has not yet unlocked his counter in the French championship. The magical left-footed forward is adjusting little to his new Parisian life, which is far different from his in Barcelona. “It was a big change. Like I said, I hadn't thought about it. Fortunately, I am already installed, the children go to school. We are happy. Did I get used to the idea of ​​leaving Barcelona? Yes. Like I said recently, I’m calmer, more suited and obviously I think about everything I have here. We take advantage of this beautiful city, despite the weather. We were also lucky to have good weather, sometimes with rain and cold, but we are very happy ”, continued Leo Messi in the columns of SPORT.
< br> But of course, Leo Messi did not only come to PSG to enjoy life and the city. At the height of his 34 years, the former number 10 of Barça remains a huge competitor and he naturally aspires to win a new Champions League , knowing that he is the favorite to win a seventh Ballon d'Or at the end of November. Therefore, Leo Messi does not hide that the sporting project of PSG was clearly a motivation in his idea to pursue his career on the side of the Parc des Princes : “PSG among the favorites for the Champions League? Yes. When I came here, that was one of the main reasons. When I made the decision to come to PSG, that was one of the reasons because the club has a large squad “. It remains to be seen whether he will achieve this great goal and win the fifth Champions League of his career and the first in the history of PSG .

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