Lionel Messi turned down Manchester City’s offer to “triple the pay he has at Barcelona”, Khaldoon al Mubarak has uncovered.
The Argentine whiz was connected with a stun change to England in 2016, as Pep Guardiola took the administrative reins at the Etihad Stadium.
Theory reemerged a year ago as Barca attempted to get official affirmation of another arrangement over the line, with it proposed that a five-time Ballon d’Or champ could be prepared for a new beginning.
At last, Messi focused on an augmentation in Catalunya through to 2021.
He had, be that as it may, been drawn closer by City some time before putting pen to paper, with Guardiola anxious to be brought together with the irregular forward in the Premier League.
Asked at a media gathering in the UAE about the one player the Blues would have wanted to have marked, City administrator Al Mubarak stated: “Messi.”We requested that Guardiola converse with him, we offered him triple the compensation he has at Barcelona, however he never acknowledged.”
At 31 years old, and with gossipy tidbits presently flowing in regards to another new contract for Messi, it seems impossible that the South American whiz will leave his present environment.
In the event that he is to see out his playing days at Camp Nou, at that point he will hang up his boots as a one-club man.
Barca are sure that they can get that going, with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu telling the Times: “He wouldn’t like to clear out.
“We generally reveal to him he can be a one-club man. That is his venture as well.”
City seem to have acknowledged that Messi is out of their compass, with different targets having been pursued down.
They stay one of few clubs in world football that could stand to fund an arrangement if the leave entryway were to ever be opened in Catalunya, however they are being offered no consolation in that pursuit.