Barça: departure of Messi, Pique involved?
Lionel Messi’s career changed last summer when the president of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, told him that he would not extend his contract due to (very) fragile finances. A decision encouraged by a close friend of the Argentinian in the Blaugrana locker room, his great friend Gerard Pique!
The information comes from the very serious Spanish daily El Pais. According to our colleagues, the central defender personally indicated to his president that the best decision to take would be not to extend Messi: « Without Leo, the question of financial fair play is settled, » Pique reportedly whispered to Laporta.
Information made public today, but which Messi would have heard about when he left, which made the separation « even more traumatic for him » according to El Pais.