Spanish giants Real Madrid attempted to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in 2013 and were willing to pay the attacker’s
According to Der Spiegel (H/T Marca) Messi’s lawyer told the player’s father, Jorge Messi, of Real’s interest.
Los Blancos turned to Bale after their attempts failed, bringing the Welshman in from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for a then world-record fee of
Der Spiegel has revealed that before signing Gareth Bale, Real Madrid contacted Messi’s entourage to offer to pay his €250m release clause, plus a €23m salary until 2021, and that the club was committed to pressure Spain’s Prime Minister to make Messi’s tax problems go away.
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) January 12, 2018