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Reports: Messi Asked Barca For Man City Move Last Season

Reports: Lionel Messi Asked FC Barcelona For Manchester City Move Last Season

By Keegan Kruger - Jun 21, 2017 06:00 PM @KeeganKruger

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi reportedly asked to leave the Spanish giants for Manchester City last season.

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According to Mundo Deportivo, the Argentine was keen on joining his former boss Pep Guardiola at the Citizens.

The 29-year-old was in a bad space this time last year after losing the Copa America final a second time in 12 months with his national team, and was then also accused of tax fraud in Spain.

Messi even retired from international football briefly during that period, and many thought he would seek an exit from the Camp Nou.

At the time, City were said to be willing to pay a world record fee of €150 million (R2.2 billion) for the superstar, and Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu and vice-president Jordi Mestre flew out to the US to talk to Jorge Messi, the player's father and manager, about the situation.

The talks apparently did not go well, however, and it was only when Messi's close friend and teammate Luis Suarez intervened that the Argentine changed his mind about leaving Barca, according to Mundo Deportivo.

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Suarez apparently took Messi out for dinner one night so the player could vent his frustrations, and a few weeks down the line the Albiceleste captain revealed that he would not be leaving the club after all.

Do you think Messi will leave Barcelona at some point before he retires? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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alizeboss124 Joined: 10 Sep 2016
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alizeboss124 Jun 22, 2017 01:38 PM
Cowditor Say it Messi missed a Penalty to hand Chile Copa America leading him to Run Away From Argentina national Team
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Golden Boots Jun 22, 2017 03:27 AM
These are lies!
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FLAMEG Jun 21, 2017 11:45 PM
Imagine CR7 playing for Man United and Messi for Man City...
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RealManUchiefz Jun 21, 2017 10:49 PM
I wonder wht did suarez say to him coz his bosses couldnt convince him maybe he told him he will score less goals than him coz thts wht happend lool
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Faysal Jun 21, 2017 10:34 PM
Ok cowditor
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RealManUchiefz Jun 21, 2017 10:27 PM
Lies cowditor eish why did it take a year to say all this mxm!
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slovaxaa Jun 21, 2017 09:20 PM
so what #######
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Babewami Jun 21, 2017 07:57 PM
Scared of CR7?
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The Lecturer Jun 21, 2017 07:55 PM
Messi is Barca & Barca is Messi !!!!
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The Lecturer Jun 21, 2017 07:54 PM
Messi is Barca !!!!
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Chicken inn Jun 21, 2017 07:43 PM
Rumours about CR7 are trending right now.Now they bring Messi in too?haha
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Samkeliso84 Jun 21, 2017 07:38 PM
He's so used to winning, a move away from Barcelona will end his career
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#eddie Jun 21, 2017 07:36 PM
He will retire there#the best in the world!
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Gazankulu26 Jun 21, 2017 07:27 PM
Mxm
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Sir A one Jun 21, 2017 07:24 PM
Mmm the offer though ....
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Sir A one Jun 21, 2017 07:23 PM
Mmm the offer though ....
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OSKIE Jun 21, 2017 06:11 PM
Player of Messi's callibre cant just leave a team like Barca for a team like Man-city, I can understand if he leaves the team for clubs like Man-united, Real or Bayern Munich not abo PSG and Monaco although Monaco impressed me this season

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