Lionel Messi rejected Manchester City before signing new deal

FC Barcelona v Sporting CP - UEFA Champions League

The Argentine agreed to a new deal verbally in the summer but did not follow it up by actually signing it. Messi was reportedly unhappy with Neymar's departure to Paris Saint-Germain and the subsequent failed efforts by the club to sign able replacements. The 30-year old's contract was set to expire in the summer, leading to speculations over his future with former manager, Pep Guardiola, on the horizon at Manchester City.

Eventually, the superstar signed a new deal with a stunning reported release clause of €700 million. However, English club were actually interested in Messi but it was his decision to stay at a club.

The report states that Manchester City offered a €100 million signing-on fee to try and lure him in the summer. Further, Messi was offered a stunning £850,000-a-week package, reportedly higher than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. Thus, Messi's preference of staying at Barcelona highlights his commitment to try and finish his career at the club where it all began. Meanwhile, for City, this could very well be the end of their pursuit for the Argentine superstar.