Messi could leave Barcelona, admits club director Braida

Bayo Ajibola


The Italian, who recently took over as the Catalans’ sporting director, says a transfer cannot be ruled out due to the player’s buyout clause

Lionel Messi could still leave Barcelona, the club’s sporting director Ariedo Braida has admitted.

The 27-year-old has a contract with Barca until June 2018 but has a limited fee release clause of €250 million.

Messi was linked with a possible departure from Camp Nou earlier in the season as his relationship with head coach Luis Enrique deteriorated.

And while Braida remains confident the Argentina international will remain committed to Barca, he accepts that the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, backed by billionaire owners, could one day make an offer to meet the staggering release-clause fee.

“I think that it is nearly impossible to see Messi leave Barcelona, but it could happen with clubs like PSG and Manchester City around, who have a lot of money to spend,” Braida, who has replaced Andoni Zubizarreta at Barcelona, told Esport 3.

“Strange things happen every now and then.

Messi is not simply a footballer. He is a phenomenon, an extraterrestrial. He is up there with Pele and Diego Maradona.

“He has incredible speed and takes aim at goal in an impressive way.”

Braida was general director at AC Milan for 28 years and recently joined a new technical committee at Barca to help oversee planning for the first team, with former sporting director Zubizarreta dismissed after a trophyless campaign and question marks over his transfer policy.

The 68-year-old has now claimed he came close to coaching the four-time Ballon d’Or winner during his time at San Siro.

“Did I try to sign Messi for Milan in the past? I got a call from someone when he was still a little kid and tried to sign him.

“I have 30 years’ worth of contacts and know a lot of people around the world.”

Messi made his official first-team debut at Barcelona in 2004-05 and has since developed into one of the best players in the history of the game.

The Argentina international is Barcelona’s all-time leading goalscorer as well as in La Liga and Champions League.

Bayo Ajibola

Welcome to Whatever your  problem, marital, relationship, spiritual or parenting. We are here for you. No matter how difficult they are, together we can release power sufficient to solve these problems either spiritual or otherwise. Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answers and solutions.  Digging at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves is our way of solving your problems. On naijaprents we break the problem down into components and solve one problem at a time. Let's hear from you.Join the conversation on our Forum and , like us on our Facebook page .Google+

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.