- Lionel Messi was a target for Spanish champions Real Madrid in 2013
- The Argentine football legend rejected the €450,000-a-week deal then
- Messi would have played in the same team with Cristiano Ronaldo
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Lionel Messi reportedly rejected massive €450,000-a-week deal to join Spanish champions Real Madrid seven years ago telling Los Blancos' chiefs not to waste their time.
The Argentina superstar graduated from the La Masia Academy to the main team and played his first game for Barcelona 16 years ago when he replaced Deco.
According to the report on Sportsbible, Real Madrid wanted to pay massive amount for them to lure Lionel Messi away from Barcelona in 2013 which would have made him highest paid.
The report added that Lionel Messi stated clearly that he was not interested in leaving Barcelona for the club's biggest rivals Real Madrid.
Real Madrid were said to be planning to offer Lionel Messi eight-year contract which would have also given his father and agent Jorge massive €16 million.
Messi joining Real Madrid at that time would have seen him lineup alongside bitter rival Cristiano Ronaldo to form a devastating partnership at the Santiago Bernabeu.
And since then, Lionel Messi has been playing for Barcelona until the end of the 2019/20 season when he almost left the Camp Nou.
He was not happy with the embarrassing defeat Barcelona suffered in the Champions League against Bayern Munich coupled with how the Catalans failed to win any title.
But after much talks, Lionel Messi eventually agreed to stay at Barcelona and he is spending the last year remaining on his contract.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi who is the captain of Spanish giants Barcelona has stated emphatically that he is now more focused on being a team player and not obsessed with scoring goals.
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The Argentina international is known for his superb and great skills of scoring goals considering the number of goals he has scored in his professional career.
Messi is currently spending his 16th season at Barcelona as he remains the highest goalscorer at the Nou Camp with 635 goals in 734 appearances so far.
During last season, Lionel Messi broke the record for the most assists in a single La Liga campaign laying on 21 goals for his team-mates.
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