Messi ‘hurt’ by Laporta comments as PSG star insists he was never asked to play for Barcelona for free

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has hit back at the Blaugrana president’s suggestion that he could have stayed at Camp Nou

Lionel Messi has admitted to being “hurt” by Joan Laporta’s comments on his Barcelona exit, with the Paris Saint-Germain star insisting that he was never asked to play for the club for free.

Messi’s 21-year stay at Barca came to an end in the summer as the club were unable to tie him down to a new contract amid a financial crisis that had seen them exceed La Liga’s wage limit.

The 34-year-old subsequently joined PSG on a free transfer, but Laporta has since suggested that the legendary figure could have stayed at Camp Nou if he had been willing to go without a weekly salary.


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