Lionel Messi stole glances in the last transfer market, after admitting his desire to leave Barcelona in search of new horizons, but his intention was frustrated by the refusal of the Catalan club and the Argentine agreed to stay in the team for at least one more season.
However, this was not the first time the ‘Flea’ was seen at another club. Journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, revealed that when Messi was 17 years old the possibility of leaving Barcelona to sign for Chelsea crossed his mind, who at that time he directed Jose Mourinho.
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The Italian journalist explained that Messi had a video call with the Portuguese coach, which was a ‘pleasant’ and long-lasting talk.
“That was the first time that Messi had decided to leave Barcelona. Then a couple of months ago there was a second edition, but that was the first time and Messi was very close to joining Abramovich and Mou’s Chelsea in the Premier League ”, revealed Di Mazio.
The conversation did not get any longer and Messi stayed at La Masia, and just a few months later he would make his debut with the Barcelona first team, the beginning of one of the great stories that football has given us.
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Years later Messi met Mourinho as a rival, the Portuguese was at the helm of Real Madrid, at a time when the classics were played with such intensity that they crossed the field. However, the strategist always highlighted the qualities of the Argentine.
“I don’t think Messi has to win the World Cup with Argentina to be great, he is already great. Many of the greats did it, so everyone is waiting for him to do it too. “ijo Mourinho, prior to the 2014 World Cup.
? Messi was able to leave Barcelona… in 2004 and with Mourinho! pic.twitter.com/11pPslbsMq
– Diario AS (@diarioas) October 7, 2020