La Liga: FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta says Neymar was ‘crazy’ about a return this summer – In a transfer window full of unexpected twists and turns with the transfer of arguably the two best players of the current generation in Lionel Messi moving to PSG and Cristiano Ronaldo making a sensational return to Old Trafford, another speculation has arisen. The president of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta has revealed Barcelona made a move to sign Neymar prior to the summer because the player was “crazy” about a return.
Laporta said that the Brazilian approached Barcelona about a return and that at the time the Camp Nou president had a complex perception of the La Liga fair play rules. However, in the end, Neymar signed a new contract with PSG and now will play with his former teammate and close friend Lionel Messi.
La Liga: FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta says Neymar was ‘crazy’ about return this summer: Joan Laporta’s interview
“We tried to sign Neymar,” Laporta told TV3 on Monday, confirming reports that had appeared in Spain earlier in the day.
“At that moment [after being elected in March], it seemed like an interesting signing. He got in contact. He was crazy about coming.
“We interpreted fair play in another way at the time. If we had known all the rules [in LaLiga], we would not have made that offer.”
Barcelona in Huge Debt – FC Barcelona Finances: FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta called upon a press conference on Monday and spoke about the poor situation of the clubs’ finances. Blaming Josep Bartomeu and the previous administration, he goes on to reveal that FC Barcelona’s debt has risen to $1.6 billion.
Even with Lionel Messi’s huge wage taken off their books, the club remain in a cash crisis & in a very difficult situation.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 16, 2021
Barcelona in Huge Debt: Lionel Messi’s huge wage saved, still club in $1.6 billion debt declared club president
Barcelona in Huge Debt – FC Barcelona Finances: BARCELONA’S economic crisis has been laid bare by Joan Laporta with the LaLiga giants in £1.15billion of debt. The club president revealed the daunting figures on Monday after the Catalans played their first LaLiga match since Messi’s departure
Joan Laporta was outspoken about the terrible state of FC Barcelona’s finances which forced Lionel Messi away from the Catalan side. He went on to accuse previous club president Josep Bartomeu for Messi Barcelona’s exit and held his board of directors accountable for the poor running of the club. Pointing out at the countless “lies”, Laporta revealed how the club is now left with a negative net worth of $532 million.
La Liga: FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta says Neymar was ‘crazy’ about return this summer