Lionel Messi ‘fed up’ with Joan Laporta over jibing stars to join PSG ‘for their slavery, for money’

Lionel Messi ‘fed up’ with Joan Laporta over Barcelona president’s mockery that players join PSG ‘for their slavery, for money’ – after superstar’s father personally told chief of the club to “stop talking” about his son

  • Lionel Messi would be tired of Barcelona chief Joan Laporta talking about it
  • Laporta has been quoted as comparing the plight of players joining PSG to slavery
  • Club supremo presided over Messi sending Barca back to Champions League glory
  • Neymar has been linked with Barca but Laporta says his deal makes that unlikely

Lionel Messi wants Joan Laporta to stop talking about him after the Barcelona president compared signing PSG to slavery, according to a report.

PSG icon Messi’s father Jorge told Laporta to stop talking about the Argentine captain in what was described as a ‘cordial’ conversation two months ago, Cadena SER claim.

Laporta, whose first spell in charge of Barcelona saw the club win the Champions League twice, has now accused the players of being purely financially motivated when joining the Ligue 1 winners.

Lionel Messi (right) wants Joan Laporta (second from right) to stop talking about him

Messi's father Jorge reportedly told Laporta not to check his son's name anymore

Messi’s father Jorge reportedly told Laporta not to check his son’s name anymore

The outlet said Messi, who left Barca for PSG last summer amid his former club’s financial crisis, was ‘fed up’ with Laporta’s ‘constant allusions’ to him and claimed that the Ballon d’Or winner’s entourage were ‘shattered’ by the remarks. .

In an interview with L’Esportiu, Laporta said: “These players who signed for clubs like PSG signed for their slavery, for money.

“Messi left as he left. [If] these players [want] to return one day to Barça, they would have to come [for] free.

“We are not in a position to complete an operation of what the transfer of these players may cost – but even if we had the money, we would not do it.”

Laporta has apparently compared the status of Neymar (left), Kylian Mbappe (centre) and Messi to slavery

Laporta has apparently compared the status of Neymar (left), Kylian Mbappe (centre) and Messi to slavery

Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, Messi, ended his long career at Camp Nou in August 2021 in a shock departure forced by wage cap rules in Spain.

Laporta had been elected president of the crisis-hit club for the second time five months earlier, enduring criticism over the fiasco that saw Messi tearfully announce his exit at a press conference shortly before his move to Paris .

The 59-year-old lawyer said: “We all wish he had finished his sporting life here and for some reason he couldn’t.”

“It couldn’t happen because of fair play [rules] of the Spanish league and the proposal of PSG.

Barcelona president Laporta was unable to prevent Messi's exit in his second term.

Barcelona president Laporta couldn’t prevent Messi’s exit in his second term.

“These actors, when they enter a dynamic like this, find that they cannot leave because the operations involve several million euros.”

Messi has spoken of one day returning to Barca. Strike partner Neymar, whose £198million move from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 remains world record high, has also been linked with the Blaugranes.

Laporta said: “Who doesn’t love Neymar?” He is an exceptional player. He has a contract with PSG, he has four or five years left.

‘You will tell me, in the case of Neymar. I don’t know how they’re going to do it in France, because maybe they have other systems that we don’t have here, but canceling a [contract] that is signed in advance is very expensive.

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