Lionel Messi 'wanted to join Man City last summer because he felt 'trapped' at Barcelona'

Lionel Messi 'wanted to join Man City last summer because he felt 'trapped' at Barcelona'

- Lionel Messi was unhappy with the way his tax fraud case panned out in Spain

- He wanted to join Manchester City and even called former coach Pep Guardiola

- A new documentary reveals Messi's father also called City’s executive director

A new documentary being aired in Spain has revealed that Lionel Messi wanted to join Manchester City last summer.

It is claimed the Argentine was feeling ‘trapped’ at Barcelona and even called Pep Guardiola just days after the Spainiard became Man City’s boss.

The two met up in Spain according to TV3’s documentary ‘Jocs fiscals’.

Lionel Messi 'wanted to join Man City last summer because he felt 'trapped' at Barcelona'

Lionel Messi 'wanted to join Man City last summer but he was convinced to stay. Photo: Barcelona fc/Twitter

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NAIJ.com understands that Messi’s father, Jorge, phoned City’s executive director, Ferran Soriano on July 6, to say his son was looking to leave Barcelona.

Guardiola had to dump a family celebration to meet up with Messi some 28 miles away after receiving a call.

Lionel Messi 'wanted to join Man City last summer because he felt 'trapped' at Barcelona'

Pep Guardiola was Messi's manager for four years at Barcelona. Photo: Premier League/Twitter

Messi wanted to quit the club after he was sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud with Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu said to be aware of the Argentine's unhappiness.

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Bartomeu immediately said he will not sell Messi and reiterated his determination to keep hold of him, before Messi eventually decided to stay with the Catalan giants.

This summer Messi signed fresh terms with Barca, keeping him at the club until 2021, and he also agreed to a £221,000 tax fraud fine to keep him out of prison.

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Source: Sports.naija.ng

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