'Barcelona could have kept hold of Lionel Messi, if they hadn't signed Depay & Aguero,' claims LaLiga president

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi left Barcelona for PSG in the summer
Lionel Messi left Barcelona for PSG in the summer / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

LaLiga president, Javier Tebas has made a huge claim, revealing that Barcelona could have kept hold of Argentina icon, Lionel Messi if the had not signed Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero in the summer.

Barcelona shocked the footballing world when they announced that they would not be offering Messi a new contract due to their massive debt, which led to the 34-year-old joining Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

The Catalan giants president, Joan Laporta confirmed in August the club could have kept Messi if they had agreed to LaLiga's deal to sell 10% of its business to CVC Capital Partners. However, they refused to sign off on the deal, as the Spaniard claimed that it would have mortgaged off the club's future.

Tebas for his part believes that the deal would have allowed Barcelona to keep hold of their greatest ever player, providing that they hadn't signed Depay and Aguero.

"I had dinner at Laporta's house and he agreed to sign the CVC agreement. I didn't know if Messi could renew because of that, but later I got a call [from Laporta]. 'Can we accelerate the CVC deal? The kid [Messi] is getting nervous,' he said to Cope.

"I told him: 'The day it comes out, Florentino is going to try and burst it.' And Laporta told me: 'No, no, I have character.' Florentino's behind it all, I have no doubt. There was an agreement that if [Barca] signed the CVC deal, they could have put 15% of the money towards signing players. In my opinion, they could have signed Messi.

"Laporta signed players like Memphis, Aguero... if he didn't sign those players, Messi could continue."

Barcelona along with Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao were the only three clubs opting against signing the deal, with the other 17 LaLiga clubs all accepting the deal which rewarded them with an immediate cash injection.