Argentine sensation Lionel Messi could have joined English giants Chelsea last summer, after Adidas offered to pay half of Leo's £210million buy-out clause, according to the Daily Mail.
Messi, who joined Barcelona as a 13-year-old, was helped by the Catalans, who paid the expensive hormone therapy treatment, has always said he has a strong emotional bond with the club and wants to spend his entire career with Barca.
But according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Adidas saw an opportunity to price him away from Barcelona and effectively from Nike, who are Barca's shirt sponsor, and move him to one of their three main clubs- Chelsea, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.
According to sources, Messi's representatives were made aware of Adidas' proposal and that they then informed the club, who were also told Messi had no intention of leaving the club.
With Adidas paying up to £105million, Roman Abramovich had to pay another £105million and than it was up to Jose Mourinho to convince Messi they can work together, which could hardly happen with their relationship.
Mourinho famously accused Messi of ‘theatre’ after he was involved in Asier del Horno’s sending off in a 2006 Chelsea v Barcelona clash, and was subsequently public enemy No.1 for Barca and Messi as Real Madrid coach.
We all know a transfer to Real Madrid for Messi is impossible, but could he have signed for the third mentioned club- Bayern Munich.
If this have happened, Messi, would have been a big boost to Bayern Munich, but it remains the question- could Pep Guardiola convince the Argentinian to join the Bavarians?
Messi enjoyed a great time under Guardiola at Barca, but did not finish on the best of terms with the Spaniard.
All in all, Messi never intended to leave Barcelona and most probably he won't leave the Catalans, no matter what offer comes.
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