Lionel Messi’s Fabled ‘Napkin’ Contract Exists! (With Video Evidence)

Chris Wright

15th, December 2010

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By Chris Wright

Barcelona folklore has it that, having astounded everybody by running rings around the club’s older youth teams back in 2000 aged just 13, Lionel Messi‘s father threatened to pull the plug on his son’s association with the Catalans during a restaurant meeting with Barca’s sporting director at the time Charly Rexach if a deal could not be struck there and then.

Being the enterprising so-and-so that he is, Rexach called for the barman to bring a pen and paper over and the two parties proceeded to draft up a contract on one of the restaurant’s flimsy serviettes.

The rest, as they say, is history…

…never has a paper napkin been so instrumental in the lineage of footballing destiny.

(video via the Telegraph)

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6 Comments

  1. Lunga says:

    Great vid, and great story I’m sure. Just one teeny, tiny problem: I DON’T UNDERSTAND A FUCKING WORD BEING SAID!!!

  2. PhilandoTorres says:

    Quite a sense of theatre from Senor Rexach – called for a pen and paper and still used a serviette to secure the most naturally gifted player of all time.

  3. Chris says:

    @Lunga: The general jist is as described: ‘We signed him on a napkin, now he is priceless!’

  4. haha says:

    ronaldos is just as heart warming, impressed fergie so much int he friendly between sporting and united he signed him. to think arsenal could have signed him too

  5. messi says:

    Great vid, and great story I’m sure. Just one teeny, tiny problem: I DON’T UNDERSTAND A FUCKING WORD BEING SAID!!!

  6. Ruperto says:

    That Vid Was Great The Best Thing About It Was That I Understand Spanish HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

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