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Diego Simeone asked Suarez if Messi wanted to join Atletico Madrid

Lionel Messi is now well and truly a Paris Saint-Germain player. This concept seemed inconceivable just a few months ago, but his sudden departure from FC Barcelona led to a series of unexpected events. Months after the fact, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone spoke up about his own attempt to attract the Argentine to join his club.

It was expected that Messi would have numerous suitors from among the world’s top football clubs. However, not may had a realistic chance of signing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner. Simeone admitted that he had tried to appeal to Messi’s former teammate and good friend Luis Suarez to help him get into the coveted player’s head.

In an interview with Argentine media outlet Ole, Simeone admitted, “With what happened at Barcelona [during the summer transfer window]] we called Luis [Suarez]. With all due respect, I didn’t call Leo, but I did call Luis to ask how Messi was doing and whether he’d be willing or if there was a small chance he’d come to Atletico.”

Suarez himself made the move from Barcelona to Atletico in 2020, and the Uruguay international has since cemented his place as one of Simeone’s most reliable soldiers. After being unceremoniously kicked out of the Barcelona squad by current manager Ronald Koeman, Suarez quickly established himself as an important part of the Atletico Madrid squad. He even played a major role in the club’s run to the La Liga title last season.