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Sport Lionel Messi once secretly agreed to join Chelsea for $290 million, but the deal collapsed when his dad found out about it

15:10  16 october  2020
15:10  16 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Lionel Messi may have come close to joining Manchester City this summer but it 's not the first Personal terms had been agreed between Messi and the Stamford Bridge outift However, it collapsed after his father and agent Jorge found out about this

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a man wearing a blue shirt: Messi almost joined Chelsea in 2014. Getty/David Ramos © Getty/David Ramos Messi almost joined Chelsea in 2014. Getty/David Ramos
  • Lionel Messi secretly agreed to join Chelsea for $290 million in 2014, however the deal collapsed when his father and agent, Jorge Messi, found out about it.
  • Sky Sports' Gianluca Di Marzio's says Chelsea agreed to give Messi an annual wage of $65 million plus 70% of image rights, with the Argentine keen on the deal.
  • However it crashed and burned after Messi's father was made aware of the plans by an intermediary who was angry he was squeezed out of the negotiations.
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Lionel Messi secretly agreed to join Chelsea for $290 million in 2014, however the deal collapsed when his father and agent, Jorge Messi, found out about it, Sky Sports' Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed in his new book.

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Lionel Messi . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jump to navigation Jump to search. According to France Football, he was the world's highest-paid footballer for five years out of six between To gain further match experience, Messi joined Barcelona C in addition to the Juveniles A, playing his

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has fuelled speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea by following the Premier League club's official Instagram A day after being left out of Barcelona’s starting team to face Real Sociedad, Messi fuelled rumours that he wants to leave the Nou Camp.

Di Marzio says talks with Chelsea unfolded in January 2014 amid a tax evasion probe by the Spanish government against Messi and his family, with the FC Barcelona forward keen to leave the country.

After speaking with several intermediaries, one of which was former Chelsea player turned agent Deco, a FaceTime call was set up between Messi and Blues boss at the time Jose Mourinho, who subsequently wooed the Argentine into all but signing a contract.

Chelsea agreed to pay Messi's $290 million release clause, as well as give him an annual wage of $65 million plus 70% of image rights – he was to be at Stamford Bridge by the summer.

However, Di Marzio says that the deal then crashed and burned at the last minute after Jorge Messi was made aware of the plans by Deco, who was angry he was squeezed out of the negotiations.

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LIONEL MESSI nearly moved to Inter Milan when he was a teenager in 2006. The Serie A giants agreed to activate the Argentine's £130 million release clause but the Catalan giants managed to This story came out when The Guardian asked former Barca president Joan Laporta, if they had ever

Lionel Messi is staying at Barcelona. Ten days after he served official notice of his determination to walk out of Nor, as it turned out , was the threat of Messi walking away unilaterally enough to force Barcelona to I wanted my final years of football to be happy and I didn’t find happiness at the club.

Jorge then called up his son, who denied any knowledge of the deal.


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"A soap bubble that hits the floor, bursts and vanishes in thin air, without leaving the slightest mark, just like it never happened," Di Marzio said of the deal's collapse.

"It was like a surprising back-pass when you're about to tap into an empty net. Not very Messi-like, but maybe not that surprising from Leo, knowing the dynamics of a family where the heavy weight of the father is universally recognized."

Messi signed a new deal with Barcelona later that summer and has remained with the club ever since.

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Barcelona has regressed to its historically dysfunctional mean, which slipped our minds thanks to Lionel Messi .
It’s important to remember that the 15-year stretch of Barcelona dominance, from the 2004-05 season through 2018-19, when the Catalans claimed four Champions League titles, 10 La Ligas and six Copa del Reys, was an outlier. Other than the four-year stretch of Johan Cruyff’s early-1990s Dream Team, Barca’s history was one of conflict and combustion and disappointment. Until Cruyff returned as manager in 1988, Barca had been Spanish champions just 10 times and never once the champions of Europe.

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