FOOTBALL - FC Barcelona Mercato: Lionel Messi cropped by Platini

Lionel Messi tried to leave FC Barcelona during the summer transfer window, to no avail. Michel Platini felt that the Barcelona captain might have desires elsewhere, but that the timing was poorly chosen.  FC Barcelona: need a change for Lionel Messi? The crisis between Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona was the biggest soap opera of the summer transfer window, all championships combined. Disappointed with Barça's setback in recent seasons (repeated failures in the Champions League, loss of the La Liga title, humiliation against Bayern Munich ...), the Argentine genius wanted to leave this summer. For the Argentinean, his free departure was possible, despite his contract valid until next June, thanks to a clause in his contract. But Josep Maria Bartomeu and his staff forcibly withheld the six-time Ballon d'Or, accused of misunderstanding the clause in question. Asked about the crisis between the two sides, Michel Platini initially recognized a probable desire elsewhere of the native of Rosario. “Messi represents Barcelona. He needed to feel something new, maybe, ”he said in a video made for Festival dello Sport.  Michel Platini spits his truths on the Argentinian If the departure of Lionel Messi was blocked, Michel Platini does not seem offended. For the former UEFA president, it was "complicated" for the Argentine to leave FC Barcelona during the summer transfer window. "It's not just about the club or the player's wish. There is a contract, there is money, "said the former European football boss. Moreover, for the former captain of the France team, any player who "intends to leave one day" should "sign a shorter contract" of "three years instead of four". Finally, Michel Platini, who recalled that he had always honored his contract before deciding where he wanted to play, seems to think that Lionel Messi should do the same, instead of wanting to leave when his contract is not yet finished.

Lionel Messi tried to leave FC Barcelona during the summer transfer window, to no avail. Michel Platini felt that the Barcelona captain might have desires elsewhere, but that the timing was poorly chosen.

FC Barcelona: need a change for Lionel Messi?

The crisis between Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona was the biggest soap opera of the summer transfer window, all championships combined. Disappointed with Barça's setback in recent seasons (repeated failures in the Champions League, loss of the La Liga title, humiliation against Bayern Munich ...), the Argentine genius wanted to leave this summer. For the Argentinean, his free departure was possible, despite his contract valid until next June, thanks to a clause in his contract. But Josep Maria Bartomeu and his staff forcibly withheld the six-time Ballon d'Or, accused of misunderstanding the clause in question. Asked about the crisis between the two sides, Michel Platini initially recognized a probable desire elsewhere of the native of Rosario. “Messi represents Barcelona. He needed to feel something new, maybe, ”he said in a video made for Festival dello Sport.

Michel Platini spits his truths on the Argentinian

If the departure of Lionel Messi was blocked, Michel Platini does not seem offended. For the former UEFA president, it was "complicated" for the Argentine to leave FC Barcelona during the summer transfer window. "It's not just about the club or the player's wish. There is a contract, there is money, "said the former European football boss. Moreover, for the former captain of the France team, any player who "intends to leave one day" should "sign a shorter contract" of "three years instead of four". Finally, Michel Platini, who recalled that he had always honored his contract before deciding where he wanted to play, seems to think that Lionel Messi should do the same, instead of wanting to leave when his contract is not yet finished.

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