Real Madrid approached Barcelona to sign Lionel Messi in 2013 for €250 million.
In 2013, Real Madrid had Lionel Messi as their priority before signing Gareth Bale for record-breaking €100 million.
Gareth Bale became the world’s most expensive football player when he completed his protracted £85.3million move to Real Madrid in September 2013. The fee eclipsed the £80million that the Spanish giants paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bale joined Spurs as a left-back for £10m from Southampton in 2007 and scored 26 goals in the previous season before going to Bernabeu, as he was named both the Professional Footballers’ Association’s and Football Writers’ player of the year.
Real Madrid was ready to pay Messi’s release clause of €250 million and give a salary of €23m a year till 2021 and an extra €1 m to his father according to report in Der Spiegel. The reports were based on documents from Football Leaks.
Messi’s lawyer, Iñígo Juárez, was given the offer who further transferred it to the Argentine and his father. The Los Blancos decided to take Messi, his father and his lawyer on a private jet for a meeting with President Perez, Sporting Director Miguel Pardeza and their lawyer.
Iñígo Juárez was promised that Madrid would pressure the Spanish President to drop tax evasion on the 5 time Ballon d’Or winner if he joined the Bernabeu side.
Real Madrid called the reports false and Leo obviously didn’t join the team.
— FC Barcelona TV 🔵🔴 (@FC_BarcelonaTv) January 12, 2018
What a pleasure it would have been to see Messi and Ronaldo play together if he would have joined. It would have been history to see them play for the same team. The way Madrid approached was a bit odd but it was a good decision from Messi to not leave the club that has done so much for him. We have already seen the difference made by Messi not joining Madrid and we have loved it all.