Barcelona President Joan Laporta has revealed that he did not ask Lionel Messi to play for free.
Messi left Barcelona in the summer after a disagreement concerning a new deal.
“I want this to be clear. In a radio show, I was told: ‘If Messi could have stayed for free?’ For free … I don’t know if it would have been possible, but I understand that it could have been.
Anyway, it had to come from him, not from me. I never said that and a controversy was born which is distorted at the source.”
Messi recently won the 2021 Ballon d’Or award on Monday.