La Liga: Atletico Madrid's 3-hour plan to sign Lionel Messi
Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez talks with Barcelona striker Lionel Messi during the Spanish League match at Camp Nou Stadium, Saturday (8/5/2021)
Netgenz - Netizen buzz Sport | Atletico Madrid coach, Diego Simeone, admitted that he wanted to bring Lionel Messi to his team last summer. Simeone said Atletico had the idea of three hours with Messi, but it didn't work out in the end. Lionel Messi is one of the players who enliven the 2021 summer transfer market. The problem is that the duration of Messi's working time with Barcelona ends on June 30 this year. The captain of the Argentine national team was also unable to add to his contract with El Barca because he collided with the salary cap provisions decided by La Liga. With a free transfer status, Lionel Messi is wanted by several elite European clubs.
Starting from Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus, to Paris Saint-Germain. Until in the end, it was PSG who managed to get the services of the 34-year-old player on August 10, 2021. With PSG, Lionel Messi agreed to sign a contract that has a duration of two seasons or until June 30, 2023, with the option of a year extension. He earns 35 million euros (Rp 590 billion) per season from Les Parisiens.
Wanted Atlético Madrid
Apart from these elite teams, Atletico Madrid is apparently interested in securing the services of Lionel Messi. In fact, Atletico sent Luis Suarez to persuade Messi to want to join Atletico. However, the idea failed to materialize. Lionel Messi in the end decided to accept the proposal from PSG. "I didn't contact Leo, but I called Luis Suarez, to ask how is Messi, if he likes him and if there is little chance for Messi to come to Atletico," said Simeone.
"It was something that lasted three hours because PSG had chosen to sign him. So the opportunity to work with Messi was never realized," he continued. "He was always at Barca (before joining PSG), I was at Atletico and we didn't fit in as players in the Argentine national team," said Diego Simeone.
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Lionel Messi stats at PSG
Joined with Paris Saint-Germain, Lionel Messi struggles to show his magical touch. Of the 5 matches that have been taken this season, Messi has only bribed 1 goal. One of La Pulga's goals was formed when PSG met Manchester City in the 2nd match of Group A of the Champions League at the Parc des Princes, 29 September 2021. Because of Messi's goal, Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 over City.