14th October, 2018
The fact that Lionel Messi is a very reliable and vital player on the field of play for both Barcelona F.C. and the Argentinian National Team is not a secret. So also are his many other qualities as a person which automatically endears him to so many people the world over.
His humility for an example clearly separates him from most footballers who get close to his abilities on the field. One other outstanding quality of this football genius is his reliability as a person and as a leader in the team. He is not easily swayed by temptations of all sorts that have come his way.
Despite many attempts to lure him away from the Spanish giants by so many top notch teams all over Europe, he has stood his ground about staying on at the club he grew up in as a footballer.
A recent revelation shows that he refused an offer from Manchester City’s owners to triple his salary if he agrees to leave Barcelona and join the Premier League’s defending champions some time back. This much was revealed recently by the owners of the team.
The president of Manchester City, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, admitted that he asked Pep Guardiola to convince the Argentine to join his team and get three times his current salary.
When one considers the fact that Manchester City’s current Manager, Pep Guardiola is one person that Messi respects a lot after having been together at Barcelona for years, then one can imagine how difficult it must have been for the Barca captain to refuse such a mouth-watering offer. But then, we are talking about Mr. Reliable here. He did refuse the offer!
What had before now been kept a secret came out to light at a a media conference in the United Arab Emirates when Al Mubarak was speaking at a media conference in the United Arab Emirates.
At a point, he was asked who is the one player the club would have loved to have signed but hadn’t. As he replied with the name of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, a number of laughs could be heard in the auditorium.
“We asked [Pep] Guardiola to talk to him. We offered him triple the salary he has at Barcelona, but he never accepted it,” said Khaldoon al Mubarak, the president of the reigning Premier League champions, referring to an objective in 2016.
The attempt was made on the premise that there were some murmurs of Messi potentially not extending his contract with LaLiga giants Barça in 2017. The soccer talisman eventually went on to sign a new contract with his beloved team and thereby dashed any hope of Manchester City getting him to the Etihad.