The Brazilian Leonardo revealed the sensations generated by Leo’s request to leave Barcelona.
When Lionel Messi sent the famous burofax requesting the departure of Barcelona, there were few – powerful – clubs in which he could imagine Leo. Manchester City, for his friendship with Sergio Agüero and his relationship with Pep Guardiola, and PSG, for his wallet, for Neymar, Di María … And, of course, in Paris they dreamed of this possibility.
“The idea of Messi tickled us,” he revealed Leonardo, sports director of the Parisian club. It is that there were not many institutions capable of specifying the transfer of the best player in the world. But PSG was always one of those who remained latent and willing to start a negotiation if the possibility was opened … Although the chances disappeared after Messi’s confirmation to continue one more year in Barcelona.
“Thinking about this today, with the current financial situation, is complicated. But when they tell you that Messi is leaving… we got a tickle. You tell yourself that it could be possible. These are players completely out of the ordinary. You know. When you’re in football, everyone sits at the table, everyone knows everything, everyone talks about everything, “said the Brazilian.
The interest of PSG was more than that: as reported Ole at the time, there were firm negotiations. Even Leonardo called Jorge Messi, father and representative of the Argentine, a couple of times to let him know that they were willing to take Leo to France …
But the talks remained at that, only talks, because Leo’s decision was not to get into a legal problem with the culé institution.