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Welcome back to Everything you Need to Know, where we give you the story behind some of football’s defining moments.
This week we are delving into the story of how Manchester City have repeatedly tried and nearly succeeded in signing Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
Commonly considered the best player in the world, the 6 time Ballon D’Or Champion and 4 time Champions League winner came close to signing for the club in 2008, 2011 and most of all 2016.
Hear the hilarious story of how a miscommunication in the early days of Sheikh Mansour’s reign nearly saw a then 21 year old Messi sign for £70m. How Neymar’s arrival and Pep Guardiola’s appointment nearly persuaded the 10 time La Liga Champion to sign. And how a clause in Messi’s contract and a fall out with Sporting Director Eric Abidal meant a move was still a slight possibility until February 2020.
Having talked about Messi in the Premier League for years, enjoy the story of what might have been.
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