In an unthinkable way, Real Madrid is one of the teams that tried to sign Lionel Messi, but this exactly seven years ago.
The Italian journalist, Gianluca Di Marzio, presented his book, Grand Hotel Calciomercato, in which he wrote the details of the Italian country market and some European countries.
There are several stories that he has released and that very few know during a transfer market. Messi was one of his chosen themes and he confirmed that the Real Madrid wanted it.
In 2018, the German newspaper Der Spiegel had leaked that the leadership of the Real Madrid He approached the Argentine in 2013 and offered him a contract of 23 million euros a year and a million more for his father, Jorge, who is his agent. The duration of that was until 2021.
Now, the Italian journalist added more information in his book, confirming the millionaire offer that Florentino Pérez launched to sign Messi, who has always shown his great love for him Barcelona.
Según Gianluca Di Marzio, Real Madrid offered 250 million euros to Barcelona by Messi, which had become the most expensive player in the world if it had materialized. Logically they did not accept.
MESSI AND HIS RESPONSE
In addition to this, Gianluca Di Marzio reveals in his book the reaction of Lionel Messi upon learning that the Real Madrid he was trying to close his signing.
“I’m not going to Real MadridYou’re wasting your time ”, was the lapidary response of the Argentine star.
Given this, Florentino Pérez, who wanted to win the Champions League at that time, went for a plan B and that was Gareth Bale.
The Whites paid Tottenham € 100 million, a record at the time.