Did Spain try to buy Messi?

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez once tried to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona, and he "would love" to capture the Argentinian's signature in the future, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo (h/t 101 Great Goals).
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Did Spain try to get Messi?

The Spanish FA were aware of Messi's performances for Barcelona and tried to offer him a spot in the Spain Under-17 squad. But it was not to be. Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina, and his heart was therefore with his native Argentina. Despite living in Spain since the age of 13, his choice was clear.
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Did Real Madrid try to buy Messi?

Real Madrid have tried three times in the last five years to sign Barcelona's Lionel Messi, according to a report in Spain. The Partido de las Doce programme on the Cadena COPE radio station claimed representatives of Real approached the Argentinian in 2011, 2013 and 2015, but were rebuffed on each occasion.
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Who tried everything to get Messi to play for Spain?

“I tried everything to get Messi to play for Spain. However, Lionel refused because of the love he has for his country.”
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How much did Spain offer Messi?

A Spanish newspaper published the details of Lionel Messi's €555 million contract with FC Barcelona.
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How much did Saudi pay for Messi?

Messi had reportedly initially requested a staggering $662 million per season, but the two sides reportedly settled on $386.5 million, which would still easily make him the highest-paid athlete in the world — ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays for Saudi side Al-Nassr for a reported $220 million per year.
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How much did PSG give Messi?

According to the report, it provided Messi a $161 million annual base salary, a $135 million signing bonus and a $91 million-plus loyalty payment. Given those terms and astronomical fees paid for other players, it's no wonder that FC Barcelona is saddled by debts projected to hover in the $1 billion range.
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Why did Barca let Messi go for free?

Why did Messi leave Barcelona in 2021: How it happened. On one fine evening on August 5, 2021, Barcelona announced via their social media that Lionel Messi was leaving as a free agent and that he couldn't be registered with the league because of their dire economic problems.
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Why Messi refused to play for Spain?

Despite also winning two LaLiga titles, politics was always on his mind. As many of his team-mates went on to play for Spain, he rejected the chance ahead of the national side's success at the Euros and World Cup. He said: "I did not feel this commitment to a national team that does not represent me in any way.
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Did Messi move to PSG for free?

Messi joined PSG in the summer of 2021 in perhaps the most high-profile transfer of modern times. The seven-times Ballon d'Or winner left on a free transfer and agreed a contract reported to be worth £94m over three years.
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Why was Messi a free transfer to PSG?

It meant that Messi - whose offer to reduce his salary by 50 per cent was still not enough to keep him at the Nou Camp - became a free agent and allowed PSG to make their move.
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Why was Messi sold by Barcelona?

Simply put, Messi left Barcelona because the club didn't have enough of a wage budget left to offer him a new contract. He entered the summer of 2021 as a free agent, but it was widely believed it would only be a matter of time before he signed a new deal with the La Liga side.
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Did Barcelona want Messi back?

Messi has no official offer from Barcelona yet. But, slowly, we are starting to see movement towards the club preparing one. This is how Barca began to think about Messi again, and how they are planning to proceed in their pursuit.
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Why did Messi go to Spain?

His parents could not afford it but after some tentative signs of awareness in Messi's talent from Barcelona, they decided to move to Spain. Messi tried out for Barca and the club was so impressed it agreed to pay for his medical treatment.
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Did Barca offer Messi?

Barcelona will 'offer Lionel Messi contract worth FOUR TIMES LESS than his previous agreement at Camp Nou' - as the club try to find a way to bring the legendary forward back despite their crippling financial issues.
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Who is the richest player on earth?

Who is the No 1 richest footballer in the world? The all-time richest footballer in the world is Brunei's prince, Faiq Bolkiah. The 24-year-old, as of 2023, has an estimated net worth of $20 billion.
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Who is the No 1 richest footballer in the world?

Who is the highest-paid player in the world in 2022? Kylian Mbappe, who commands a salary said to be in excess of $110 million from Paris Saint-Germain, is the highest-paid football player in the world and is also the richest footballer in 2022.
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Who is the wealthiest footballer?

Question: Who is the richest footballer in the world in 2023? Answer: While Kylian Mbappé earned the most money of any footballer during the 2022-2023 season, the title of the richest footballer in the world, as of March 2023, goes to Faiq Bolkiah who has a net worth of a whopping USD 20 billion.
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Are Barca still in debt?

MADRID, April 6 (Reuters) - Barcelona will finish repaying the debt taken on to finance a revamp of their stadium five years earlier than previously agreed after renegotiating a 1.5 billion euro ($1.6 billion) financial plan with Goldman Sachs (GS.
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Why can't Barca buy players?

We have ruled that they can no longer sign more players. “They sold off €700m in TV rights and tried to find different ways to solve the situation but they won't be able to do that next season. We have strict economic controls. At the end of each window, we tell all the clubs in La Liga what they can spend.
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Is Barca owing any player?

Barça still owe Juventus €36m for Miralem Pjanic, who joined the club in a swap deal for Arthur. The Blaugrana have to pay Liverpool €14m for Philippe Coutinho, signed in 2019 and currently owned by Aston Villa, who in turn still have to pay €10m of the €20m it cost them to sign the Brazilian.
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How much is PSG worth?

PSG currently have the fifth-highest revenue in the footballing world with an annual revenue of €654m according to Deloitte, and are the world's seventh-most valuable football club, worth $3.2bn according to Forbes.
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How much Messi cost?

Reports stated at the time of Messi's signing at PSG in the summer of 2021 that he had agreed to a two-year contract with PSG that boasted a $41 million annual net salary, including bonuses. The contract also includes an option for a third year.
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