PSG forward Lionel Messi has responded to comments made by Barcelona President Joan Laporta wherein the controversial president claimed that he expected Messi to play for free.
Recall that on October 8, 2021, CitizensAlert reported that whilst speaking to RAC 1 in response to the due diligence findings by Barcelona CEO Ferran Reverter, Laporta said he expected club legend Lionel Messi to play for free rather than leaving for Paris Saint-Germain [PSG].
In an interview with Catalonia-based daily newspaper SPORT, Messi said nobody asked him to play for free. He noted that he was ready to do everything possible to help the club, and that when he was asked to reduce his salary by 50 percent, he did it without the slightest delay.
“I did everything within my power to stay at the club.
“There was never a time when anyone asked me to play for the club for free. When I was approached to reduce my salary by 50 percent, I readily did it without any problems. We were committed to helping the club.
“My wish and that of my family was to stay.
“At the same time, the President’s words about me were not appropriate and that made it hurtful.
“Such words create speculations and make people think about things I don’t think I deserve,” the Argentine said.
In August, CitizensAlert consistently reported how Joan Laporta, who built his presidential campaigns around Messi, craftily bundled the Argentine out of the club before blaming it on the salary cap imposed by Spanish football authorities.
The Joan Laporta scheme brought an end to Messi’s 21-year career at the Camp Nou during which he scored a total of 672 goals and won several trophies.
The manner with which Messi was pushed out of the club resulted to the resignation of former club executive Jaume Llopis, who left his post in protest.