Real Madrid tried to sign Lionel Messi for astronomical fee in 2013

Reports today have suggested that Real Madrid attempted to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi back in 2013 before moving for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.
The club eventually signed Gareth Bale in a world record deal at the time thought to be in the region of £89million.
Though, it could have been very different according to reports today as the club actually tried to sign Lionel Messi first.
Football Leaks, via Der Spiegel and El Mundo, have claimed that Los Blancos were willing to pay Messi’s Barcelona release clause.
That stood at €250million at the time and that offer was relayed through the Argentine’s team.
The report claims:
Iñigo Juárez, then a lawyer of the player’s family and Jorge, that Real Madrid were willing to pay his termination clause.
Not only that, the reports have claimed that Real Madrid were offering to pay the player a whopping €23m per year until 2021 and pay his father €1m.
A meeting was also in place for Messi and his team to meet Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez and the then sports director, Miguel Pardeza.
The meeting would take place on a private jet but there are no indications as to whether this meeting actually took place.
Messi was also under tax investigations at the time and it is claimed that Real Madrid would have put ‘pressure’ on Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy over investigations.
Obviously, it never went through but how different the past few years could have been if it did.

Der Spiegel has revealed that before signing Gareth Bale, Real Madrid contacted Messi’s entourage to offer to pay his €250m release clause, plus a €23m salary until 2021, and that the club was committed to pressure Spain’s Prime Minister to make Messi’s tax problems go away.
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Neymar delivers huge update on potential Real Madrid move to Barca star Messi
One former Barcelona star who could yet make the move to Real Madrid has been in the papers again this week.
A potential move to Real Madrid for Neymar has been talked about for months now.
Though, new claims may just put that saga to bed.
Click here to find out why.