Spanish radio station COPE has revealed Real Madrid tried to sign Leo Messi in three occasions. Los Blancos have reportedly been in talks with the Argentinian three times since 2011, but the player always rejected the offer.
According to COPE, Los Merengues tried to seduce Messi for the first time at the end of the 2010-11 season. “Los Blancos feared Cristiano Ronaldo would leave the club after receiving a crazy offer from Manchester City,” COPE has claimed. That was when Real planned to replace one star with another one contacting Messi through an intermediary.
Two years later, according to COPE, Real Madrid tried again. It was in the summer of 2013. This time, a member of the club’s board of directors arranged the meeting with Messi, but he received the same negative answer.
There was a third attempt from that same Los Blancos director. He called Messi again a few months later, but the Argentinian explained he didn’t want to leave Barcelona.