'It was impossible for Lionel Messi to play for Barcelona for free' - Toni Freixa

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi left Barcelona for PSG in the summer
Lionel Messi left Barcelona for PSG in the summer / Marcelo Endelli/GettyImages

Former Barcelona board of director, Toni Freixa has opened up on the matters surrounding the Catalan giants off the field and also the departure of Argentina superstar, Lionel Messi from club in the summer.

Freixa who has been a part of the Barcelona board of directors on three separate occasions gave his view on the General Assembly that took place at the Camp Nou on Sunday as well as other matters surrounding the club.

"There was an anomalous circumstance, and there was no time to deal with all the issues and [the assembly] had to be suspended. It seemed right to me. At the pace that it was going, it was clear that there was not going to be time. There were 12 different points [to be made] and you could see that the pace of it would not allow it," he told Marca.

On Messi's departure from the club, he refuted suggestions that the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner could ever play for the club for free.

"That [idea that] Messi should play for free was a spontaneous declaration. The Board's plan to renew Messi did not involve Messi playing for free. It is impossible from the Financial Fair Play point of view. It was an anecdote," he added.