Lionel Messi Almost Joined Chelsea for £225m in 2014 After Jose Mourinho Wooed Him Over FaceTime

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Barcelona legend Lionel Messi was close to becoming a Chelsea player in 2014 | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Chelsea were reportedly close to signing Lionel Messi from Barcelona in 2014, but the deal collapsed after his agent and father Jorge Messi found out about the proposed transfer.

According to Sky in Italy's Gianluca Di Marzio, the Argentine superstar was on the cusp of becoming a Chelsea player in 2014 following a FaceTime call with Jose Mourinho who reportedly 'wooed' the player and convinced him to come to Stamford Bridge.

That reported encounter went well with Messi telling his camp afterwards "With Mourinho, for how he's spoken to me, I can win whatever I want: he's a winner, go ahead and close the deal."

In his latest book Grand Hotel Calciomercato, a diary of the untold stories of the transfer market, Di Marzio also claims that Real Madrid tried the same ploy in 2013 but they were quickly dismissed by Messi out of his loyalty to their eternal rivals Barca.

Di Marzio goes on to state that Chelsea were ready to activate the Argentine's €250 million release clause and pay him a net salary of £50m, but Messi ultimately got cold feet after a call from his father, who was against the move.

That season, Barcelona went on to win the Treble (LaLiga, Copa del Rey, and Champions League) with Messi scoring 58 goals alongside 27 assists.