Barcelona president Joan Laporta joined the critics of the “transfer revolution in Saudi football” during this summer’s Mercato by attacking the mentality of the players who left Europe for the Roshen League.
And the Saudi League’s global transfer movement began last winter with Al-Nasr signing Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo, followed by the transfer of many world football stars to Saudi Arabia this summer, such as France’s Karim Benzema and his compatriot N’ Golo Kante, Kalidou Koulibaly, Edward Mendy, Riyad Mahrez and others.
During an interview he gave to CNN, Laporta said: “When a player respectfully chooses to go to Saudi Arabia, there are no sports reasons behind this decision, as everyone knows, there are other reasons that take precedence in the eyes of those who went.” to this step, but it has to be football. “Football is a priority, sports reasons should be a priority!”
The Barça president’s talk has mostly centered on his “financial shortfall” this summer, in light of the fact that his club is suffering from a financial crisis and so far unsuccessful attempts to circumvent financial fairness by making new deals.
Among the most notable deals that Barcelona have failed to close in the current transfer market is an attempt to bring back Argentine Lionel Messi.
After spending 21 consecutive years at Barcelona since joining Barcelona in 2000 as a young player, Messi moved to Paris Saint-Germain for two seasons before moving on to Inter Miami.