Barca refused to let Messi join rival as Bartomeu explains transfer stance

- Under-fire Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said he could not sanction Lionel Messi’s transfer to a rival club, reiterating his desire for the superstar captain to retire at Camp Nou. Messi handed in a transfer request following a tumultuous 2019-20 season, which saw Barca humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals and …

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