Lionel Messi Left Disappointed After PSG Boss Nasser Al-Khelaifi Declines to Buy Barcelona Star Jordi Alba

Lionel Messi Left Disappointed After PSG Boss Nasser Al-Khelaifi Declines to Buy Barcelona Star Jordi Alba

  • Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaifi declined Lionel Messi's request for the club to buy Jordi Alba from Barcelona
  • Alba's days at Barcelona appear to be over with head coach Xavi Hernandez preferring other players to the accomplished veteran
  • Messi is said to have been disappointed with PSG's decision not to bring Alba to Paris

Lionel Messi is reportedly licking his wounds after the Paris Saint-Germain hierarchy declined his request to have the club buy Jordi Alba.

Messi is understood to have been pushing for a reunion with Alba but the request fell on deaf ears. Messi and Alba enjoyed a very fruitful relationship during the former's time at Barcelona.

Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba, Barcelona, PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Xavi Hernandez
Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba celebrate in a past game for Barcelona against Huesca in January 2021. Photo by Pau Barrena.
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The pair was synonymous with wonderful interlinking play that would see Messi loft a ball over for Alba to chase. The Argentine would then get into the box late just in time to receive a cutback from the fullback. And with Messi's lethal left foot, the rest is history.

Barcelona attempted to offload Alba in the final days of the transfer window. The decision angered Alba who demanded respect from the club.

This season, his former teammate and now coach, Xavi Hernandez has used him sparingly with youngster Alejandro Balde preferred over him. Marcos Alonso was also bought from Chelsea and it is believed he will be Xavi's first-choice going forward.

As El Nacional reports, Messi attempted to convince Al-Khelaifi to buy Alba but the PSG honcho had doubts about the dwindling fortunes of the Spanish international. There was also no urgent need to buy Alba given that Christophe Galtier already has Nuno Mendes and Juan Bernat in that position. Assistant captain Presnel Kimpembe can also cover that position if need be.

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