Lionel Messi is “fed up” with FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta and his habit of continually talking about him in the media, according to reports.
Despite the matter being a cornerstone of Laporta’s election campaign in spring 2021, the club’s leader failed to offer the Argentine a new contract last summer as promised due to a strict La Liga salary cap.
This eventually saw the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner wind up at Paris Saint Germain as a free agent. But still Laporta discusses the Blaugrana’s all-time appearances and goals leader whenever he can, with his latest outburst coming in a wide-ranging interview with L’Esportiu this week.
“Leo left how he left,” Laporta said. “We would all have liked him to end his sporting career here, but because of [La Liga’s] fair play rules and because of PSG’s offer, it was not to be.
“If he wants to return one day, it would have to be for free. And the technical staff would have to decide if he fits the new project or not,” Laporta added.
Furthermore, when asked about Neymar, Laporta pointed out that the Brazilian “has a contract with PSG” and “four or five years left”. But then Laporta also remarked that “these players who have signed for clubs like PSG have almost signed [up for] their slavery. For money.”
On Thursday night in Spain, it was reported on the Cadena SER ‘El Larguero’ radio program, and later confirmed by SPORT, that Messi and his entourage are “fed up” with Laporta’s remarks about the 34-year-old.
Such has been the discomfort that Messi’s father and agent Jorge even called Laporta a couple of months ago and asked him to stop talking about his son.
With Messi set to honor his two-year contract at the Parc des Princes before most probably fleeing over the Atlantic to the MLS and Inter Miami, it is highly likely that we never see the iconic number ’10’ don Blaugrana ever again in a playing capacity, and it will also be some time before he returns to Camp Nou to take up some sort of director’s role in retirement.