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Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta reveals the club 'rejected a €250m offer for Lionel Messi from Inter Milan in 2006' when the Argentine was on the cusp of becoming a major Nou Camp star Inter Milan were keen on signing Lionel Messi as a teenager in 2006 Argentine had just broken into the first-team at Barcelona under Frank Rijkaard Former Barca president Joan Laporta was on the board between 2003 and 2010 Laporta claims the interest came from ex-Inter owner Massimo Moratti 

By Dan Ripley for MailOnline

Published: 14:38 GMT, 30 November 2020 | Updated: 14:38 GMT, 30 November 2020

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Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has claimed the club turned down an incredible €250m (£210m) bid from Inter Milan to buy Lionel Messi as a teenager in 2006.

Laporta was on the club's board between 2003 and 2010 and revealed the club resisted the urge to cash in his exciting potential, with Messi since going on to become one of the greatest players of all time and crucial to Barca's success in the following 14 years.

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At the time of the alleged bid the world transfer record was held by when they paid Juventus €78m (£47m) for Zinedine Zidane in 2001, meaning Messi's fee would have quadrupled that amount.

Barcelona allegedly turned down an offer worth around £210m for Lionel Messi in 2006

Barcelona allegedly turned down an offer worth around £210m for Lionel Messi in 2006

Former Barca president Joan Laporta (above) claimed the approach came from Inter Milan

Former Barca president Joan Laporta (above) claimed the approach came from Inter Milan

Laporta though, who seeks to become Barca president again after Josep Maria Bartomeu's resignation, claims it was Inter's then billionaire

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