The reports from Spain claim Los Blancos would pressure the Spanish government into being lenient on the Argentine star in relation to his tax evasion

Reports from Spain and Germany suggest that Real Madrid tried to do the impossible in 2013.

Der Spiegel and El Mundo claim that Los Blancos were willing to activate Lionel Messi’s release clause and offer him wages of €23million-a-year.

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Just imagine…

The Argentine No10’s release clause in 2013 was €250million.

The report claims Real Madrid contacted Jorge Messi, father and agent of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, and told him of their intentions.

Supposedly, a meeting on a private jet was arranged that would have involved Messi, his dad, his lawyer, Florentino Perez and a lawyer from Madrid.

This meeting never materialised as Messi chose to remain loyal to Barca, despite the prospect of earning €440,000-a-week.

Opponents, not team-mates

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Opponents, not team-mates

Rather more seriously, Der Spiegel claim that Real Madrid promised to ‘exert pressure’ on Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to be lenient on Messi in relation to his tax evasion charges.

Real Madrid have responded to the claims, calling the report ‘totally false.’

You wouldn’t put it past him

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You wouldn’t put it past him

This approach is said to have occurred a few months before Real Madrid signed…

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