Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has come out to explain why a new contract wasn’t possible with Lionel Messi. He recently revealed that the Argentine forward definitely wanted to remain at the club.
According to him, there was a lot of aspects that needed to be negotiated and he had to do what is in the club’s best interests.
He added that Messi‘s legacy is excellent and he would be remembered for his amazing history at Barcelona.
His words, “Leo wanted to stay at Barca. We wanted him to stay.”
“I want to thank everyone that has been in the negotiations. There were lots of aspects that needed to be negotiated.”
“He is the best player in the world and has other offers, of course.”
“After all of this process, there comes a moment where you have to say ‘enough’. You have to analyse it and look at the numbers.”
“In La Liga we have to abide by the rules. We think they could be more flexible, but that is not an excuse. We couldn’t abide by it.”
“Leo deserves everything. He has proven that he loves Barca. He has his roots in Barcelona. I’m sad but I’m convinced we have done the best for the interests of Barcelona.”
“Leo’s legacy is excellent, he has made history. He is the player with the most success in the history of the club. I hope we can overcome this situation.”
“A new era starts now. There will be before and after Leo, as there was with other great players in the history of Barca.”
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