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They revealed that Lionel Messi was close to playing for another team in Spain

They revealed that Lionel Messi was close to playing for another team in Spain
February 23, 2024 – 15:45

A Spanish football leader acknowledged that Lionel Messi was close to playing for his club 16 years ago. I know the details.

The president of Getafe, Angel Torres, revealed today that the club was close to signing the star Lionel Messi before it shined in Barcelona and when he took his first steps in 2008.

Although the blue team is known for having been the victim of Rosario’s most maradona goal in 2007when it started in the midfield of Barcelonahe dribbled at five players at full speed, including the goalkeeper, and finished with a right foot, falling – like Diego Armando Maradona to England in Mexico 1986-, it could have been his new home almost two decades ago.

The interest of Getafe by Messi occurred in 2008 and the top Spanish leader confirmed that he was close to being a reinforcement: “We were in Europe, we went to the draw and Txiki (Begiristain) was therecurrently sports director of Manchester City), who told me that they were thinking about training Barça in (Michael) Laudrup and I said: ‘Well, I’ll take Guardiola.'”

At that time, the technician of the Manchester City worked in the band he was just taking his first steps, that’s why there was a lot of excitement about signing him, but finally everything faded.

“We met one morning in the VIP lounge at the airport, but at the end of the season everything was rushed, (Frank) Rijkaard was fired and instead of Laudrup, the board of directors chose Guardiola. He was willing to come to Getafe”Torres deepened.

Regarding the frustrated arrival of Messiworld champion in Qatar 2022the president revealed: “I also asked Messi to Laporta. I was with Laporta, with whom I have a very good relationship, and Zubizarreta and they said that Rijkaard was going to start giving him minutes; but we were close. He lacked nothing. Alfredo Duro was with me as sports director “It was August 18.”

And he remarked: “Messi and Guardiola were able to be together in Getafe.”

In addition to once again regretting the frustrated management, he said that he forged a special bond with the Argentine: “I have at least 10 Messi shirts. He sent me one every year because he knew he was my idol. He had a very good relationship. When he went to the Camp Nou he gave it to me in my hand.”

Source: Ambito

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