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    Real Madrid tried to sign Lionel Messi for astronomical fee in 2013


    Reports today have suggested that Real Madrid attempted to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi back in 2013 before moving for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.

    The club eventually signed Gareth Bale in a world record deal at the time thought to be in the region of £89million.

    Though, it could have been very different according to reports today as the club actually tried to sign Lionel Messi first.

    Football Leaks, via Der Spiegel and El Mundo, have claimed that Los Blancos were willing to pay Messi’s Barcelona release clause.

    That stood at €250million at the time and that offer was relayed through the Argentine’s team.

    The report claims:

    Iñigo Juárez, then a lawyer of the player’s family and Jorge, explained that Real Madrid were willing to pay his termination clause.

    Not only that, the reports have claimed that Real Madrid were offering to pay the player a whopping €23m per year until 2021.

    A meeting was also in place for Messi and his team to meet Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez and the then sports director, Miguel Pardeza.

    The meeting would take place on a private jet but there are no indications as to whether this meeting actually took place.

    Messi was also under tax investigations at the time and it is claimed that Real Madrid would have put ‘pressure’ on Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy over investigations.

    Obviously, it never went through but how different the past few years could have been if it did.

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