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Barcelona did well not to stay with Messi because he was VERY OLD, says the club’s financial guarantor

Barcelona did well not to stick with Lionel Messi, 34, last summer because he was TOO OLDER and they needed to ‘generate a new team and a new emotion,’ says the club’s financial guarantor.

  • Lionel Messi left Barcelona last summer before signing for Paris Saint-Germain
  • The Catalan giants apparently took a 180-degree turn in the last hour by handing him a new contract.
  • Forbes credits the guarantor José Elías with an estimated fortune of 758 million pounds sterling
  • He told La Sotana there were three reasons why Messi, 34, didn’t stay


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Barcelona’s top financial guarantor, José Elías, has suggested that the club did well not to stay with Lionel Messi last summer because he was too old.

The controversy over the comments, made on Wednesday to radio program ‘La Sotana’, coincides with the signing of Barcelona by Dani Alves until the end of the season despite the fact that he is 38 years old.

The 34-year-old Messi left Barcelona last summer before signing for Paris Saint-Germain, and Barça apparently took a 180-degree turn in the last hour as they originally believed they could offer the Argentine a new contract.

Barcelona did well not to stay with Lionel Messi because he was too old, has suggested the maximum financial guarantor of the club

Barcelona did well not to stay with Lionel Messi because he was too old, has suggested the maximum financial guarantor of the club

Elias, to whom Forbes attributes an estimated fortune of 758 million pounds (900 million euros), came to the rescue of new president Joan Laporta after he won the election last April by helping him provide the necessary guarantee of 105 million pounds ( 125 million euros) (15 percent of the club’s projected spending for the 2020-21 season). He told La Sotana that there were three reasons why Messi was not staying.

“The salary structure of the club: We had to face certain salary cuts that would have been difficult to defend (if they had given Messi an excellent new contract),” he said.

Secondly, we had no money to pay him and we were doing our best to pay him in installments, which is what Paris Saint-Germain is doing now. You have to delude yourself into thinking that it is sustainable.

And in third place was the need to generate a new team and some fresh emotion and with Messi you couldn’t. He has a certain age not to be at Barça. ‘

Messi, 34, left Barcelona last summer before signing for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1

Messi, 34, left Barcelona last summer before signing for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1

Messi, 34, left Barcelona last summer before signing for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1

The last line will come back to haunt him if Messi wins the Champions League this summer.

For now, with Messi struggling to make an impact in Ligue 1, some Barcelona fans will agree, although the hiring of Alves the day before brings the club’s management back under scrutiny.

Elias even argued that the club should have gotten rid of Messi sooner. He added: ‘If we had let Messi go a year earlier, we would have made some money. If we had taken 100 million euros (£ 84 million), I would have been very happy with that, all things considered. ”

Messi asked to leave a year earlier after a fight with then-president Josep Bartomeu, but the club refused to let him go.

However, neither club offered a transfer fee. Manchester City were interested, but only on the basis that he would go for free and they could focus all resources on meeting his salary demands.

Elías came to the rescue of Joan Laporta after he won the election last April by helping him put up the necessary guarantee of 105 million pounds.

Elías came to the rescue of Joan Laporta after he won the election last April by helping him put up the necessary guarantee of 105 million pounds.

Elías came to the rescue of Joan Laporta after he won the election last April by helping him put up the necessary guarantee of 105 million pounds.

Elías's comments have coincided with the return of 38-year-old Dani Alves (d) to Barcelona

Elías's comments have coincided with the return of 38-year-old Dani Alves (d) to Barcelona

Elías’s comments have coincided with the return of 38-year-old Dani Alves (d) to Barcelona

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