Barcelona hoped Messi would ‘play for free’ as Laporta discusses contract talks and Koeman’s future

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has admitted that he clung to the hope that Lionel Messi would agree to “play for free” once it became clear that the Liga giants could not afford to put a lucrative contract extension in place.

A stunning summer saga at Camp Nou resulted in the six-time Ballon d’Or winner walking away from the only club…

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