Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol finally opened his voice regarding the “drama” of Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona last summer. As a fan of the Catalan giants, Puyol personally wants La Pulga to stay at Cammp Nou.
Lionel Messi had indeed been on the doorstep of Barcelona last summer. The Argentine mega star has even sent a transfer request to the Catalan giants.
In the fax, Messi asked Barcelona to release him for free this summer, as there was a special clause in his contract at Camp Nou.
However, Barcelona are adamant that Messi can only leave if someone makes up for his € 700 million release clause. Obviously nobody can pay that much, and Messi can’t do much either.
When the fax containing the Transfer Request was distributed by Marca, many soccer figures also commented. Including one of them Barcelona legend, Carles Puyol.
At that time, the former Barcelona captain claimed to respect Lionel Messi and support whatever his former team mate made.
“Respect and admire, Leo. All support to you, my friend,” wrote Puyol at that time.
However, speaking in front of the media recently, Puyol personally hoped that La Pulga would remain at the Camp Nou.
“As a Barcelona fan, I don’t want Messi to leave, but that’s football,” Puyol told Gazzetta dello Sport via Marca.
In the end, Messi did stay at Barcelona, forcibly. However, it is likely that the captain will leave as soon as his contract ends next summer.
Regarding this, Puyol, who did not doubt Messi’s commitment, expressed his hope that La Pulga would stay at Barca.
“In the end he decided to stay. Recently he also admitted that he was very motivated, that he was enthusiastic, and we hope he can stay with us for many more years,”
“He is a great asset to La Liga. He is one of the best in the world,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Messi himself is currently focused with the Argentine National team to play in the 2022 World Cup qualifying rounds.