By Dan Ripley for MailOnline
Published: 14:38 GMT, 30 November 2020 | Updated: 14:38 GMT, 30 November 2020
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.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
At the time of the alleged bid the world transfer record was held by Real Madrid 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
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