LIONEL MESSI has "other offers" following his shock exit from Barcelona.
That is according to Barca president Joan Laporta, who hinted that other top clubs have already been in contact with Messi.
The star forward put an end to his scintillating 17-year stint at the Nou Camp after failing to agree a new contract with the Blaugrana.
Laporta said during a press conference: "He [Messi] is the best player in the world and has other offers, of course. He wanted to stay even if our offer was inferior to others he had.
"You'd have to ask Messi about that and his agents, I won't talk about that
he's the best player in the world and logic takes you to think he has other very good offers.
"We even went further than we could to try and attract the player and he accepted it but we weren't able to formalise it because of the salary limit."
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Barcelona confirmed in a statement that 'economic and structural obstacles' had prevented a deal being ratified by LaLiga.
Laporta also hinted his hands were tied due to the state he inherited from the previous board in March.
Messi remains a free agent and leaves the Catalan giants having scored 672 times in 778 matches.
The Argentina international has been linked with the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, and reports suggest PSG have already contacted the 34-year-old talisman.
Laporta added: "Leo wanted to stay at Barca, we wanted him to stay.
"And after all this negotiations there comes a moment when you need to say enough.
"You need to analyse it rigorously and look at the numbers. And in the Spanish LaLiga we have to abide by the rules.
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"We think they could be more flexible but that's not an excuse. We couldn't abide by it because of the inheritance we had. Leo deserves everything.
"I don't want to generate false hope. And during the course of negotiations we've known that the player has had other offers.
"We've been at it for two months and we've gone through different stages.
"The first agreement was a two-year contract to be paid over five years, and Leo was in agreement with that.
"The only way was to accept LaLiga's operation, one that is not in Barca's best interests. To bring in £25million in salary we had to release £100m.
"La Liga is not flexible in widening their salary limit. The club is over everything and we can't effect those broadcasting rights for over half a century."
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