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Desperate Real Madrid made Messi moves three times

Published 29/01/2016

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Real Madrid have tried three times in the last five years to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, according to a report in Spain.

The 'Partido de las Doce' programme on the Cadena COPE radio station claimed representatives of the capital club approached the Argentinian in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Messi, who earlier this month won a fifth Ballon d'Or award for the best player on the planet, has been instrumental in Barcelona's success in recent years, with the club claiming a Champions League, Primera Division and Copa del Rey treble last season

The report claimed the first approach in 2011 came at a time when Cristiano Ronaldo was being linked with a move to Manchester City.

In June 2013 it was reported that Real made a renewed attempt after they had lost out to Barcelona in the pursuit of Neymar and with Ronaldo still to commit to a new deal.

The final attempt was made last year, according to the report, after Barcelona had dominated Real in Europe and at home.

Moves between the bitter rivals are not unprecedented.

Current Barca coach Luis Enrique joined the club from Real in 1996, while four years later club president Florentino Perez recruited Portuguese star Luis Figo from Barcelona.

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