Barca president, Josep Bartomeu, lied two things that made Messi unforgivable and indirectly led to his decision to leave Barca.
Messi asked to leave Barca before the end of the contract in June 2021 and the root cause for this sudden decision was the two lies of President Josep Bartomeu.
The source of Cadena Ser Radio said, Messi was disappointed that Barca was unable to buy back Neymar last summer. Neymar himself has expressed his desire to return to Barca, but the old team refused the high transfer fee offered by PSG.
However, some sources in Spain confirmed that the PSG fee requested and offered by Barca was only 20 million euros. This amount is equal to the fee Barca spent to buy Martin Braithwaite, although the Danish striker has only 403 minutes of play.
Not only failed in the Neymar deal, Barca’s leadership also deceived Messi when asked to buy Antoine Griezmann for a fee of 120 million euros. The source of Cadena Ser confirmed, Messi asked Chairman Bartomeu to cancel the deal and get the approval.
But Messi quickly realized he was cheated when Griezmann moved to Barca a few months later. Messi’s disappointment is heightened when Griezmann is ineffective, in contrast to Neymar’s good form at PSG.
Now, Messi has not spoken to Chairman Bartomeu after sending the burofax asking to leave this summer. Barca’s chairman also only agreed to talk with Messi’s father, Jorge Messi.
The important meeting that will take place today will determine Messi’s future at Barca. Barca of course wanted Messi to extend the contract for two more seasons, but the Argentine striker just wanted to leave immediately after refusing to focus with the club for the past three days.
Notably, Spanish journalist Guillem Balague revealed that President Bartomeu could go to jail if he sold Messi at an unreasonable price. At that time, the next Chairman of Barca could completely accuse Mr. Bartomeu of misuse of the property. Under these circumstances, Mr. Bartomeu had to pay out of pocket money to pay hefty sums of money, or face a prison sentence.
Therefore, Chairman Bartomeu is forced to take a tough attitude in this deal, forcing Messi to renew the contract or sell it for a very high fee.