And while you’d expect Los Blancos to throw the kitchen sink at the Nou Camp to try and land the Argentina international, the specifics of their apparent bid sound totally insane.
First off, Marca report that Madrid were willing to shatter the world transfer record, which at the time was the £80 million they had paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo.
More impressively though, the £250 million that Florentino Pérez put on the table for Messi would still be a record amount for a player today, eclipsing the amount clubs have spent on Philippe Coutinho, Neymar and Paul Pogba.
Messi would also have earned around £23 million per-year if he had taken Real up on their offer, with the contract signing apparently set for inside a private jet.
Most bizarrely, however, Madrid also told the player’s dad, Jorge Messi, that the club would “exert pressure” on Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, in a desperate bid to squash his infamous tax fraud case.
We may never hear conformation as to whether the offer was legitimate or not.
However, if true, it shows the lengths Madrid were willing to go to in order to sign Barcelona’s best ever player.