The six-time Ballon d’Or winner sent shock waves across the football world last week, informing Barça of his intention to leave.
Mess’s representatives failed exit strategy
Leo Messi had no choice but to reverse his decision to leave Barcelona because of bad advice from his father and agent Jorge, former Real Madrid player Hugo Sanchez revealed. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner sent shock waves across the football world last week, informing Barça of his intention to leave. However, LaLiga disputed Messi’s assertion that he could go on a free transfer courtesy of a clause in his contract, which means that any potential suitor would have to negotiate with Barça or pay his €700 million release clause. Messi announced on Friday that he will now remain at the Camp Nou due to the financial transfer requirements of the Barça board, which made such a prospect “impossible”. And the Mexican icon Sanchez, who criticized Messi during the saga, blamed his representatives for the failed exit strategy of the 33-year-old.
Leo’s burofax strengthened Bartomeu’s image
“That untimely Burofax only strengthened the Barcelona president’s image and gave him time to weaken Messi’s decision,” he told reporters. “Messi had no choice but to stay with Barcelona because of his father and the law firm’s bad advice because they could have saved that Burofax. That has caused a weakness in his image within the team. “Coincidentally, Messi had lawyers who had previously worked with Barcelona. But the Catalan club changed strategy due to a conflict of interest. If Messi and his father had already decided to leave Barcelona, they did not have to wait in time. But before the end of the contractual deadline, they had to tell Barca that they wanted to leave at the end of the campaign and for free, without paying any compensation. If they had planned it, it should have done that way.”
The Argentine must show that he is the best player in football history
Sanchez added: “Messi’s second problem was to send that Burofax without the confidence and guarantee that they will have a team that will pay €700 million, which due to the pandemic, there is no team in the world that can invest this amount”. Messi is now expected to reevaluate his future after the 2020-21 season with Inter, PSG, and Manchester City possible directions if he finally leaves the club, which he has represented since 13. “Leo has no choice but to drink several garlic and water teas in these next eleven months. Messi loves winning titles and will need to find another squad where he can win championships and show that he is the best player in football history.”
“The whole Barcelona problem is going to distract him next season so that there will be doubts about both his behavior and that he is not the kind of young man who ran all over the field.”