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Karl Heinz Rummenigge rules Bayern Munich out of the hunt for Lionel Messi

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Bayern Munich CEO strikes Die Roten off the list of clubs keen to sign the superstar.

Barcelona v Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Photo by Rafael Marchante/Pool via Getty Images

Lionel Messi’s possible exit from Barcelona is the most discussed topic in the world of football right now. Rounding up the rumours, several clubs from in and around Europe — including Manchester City and PSG — are crunching numbers to see if they could get the Catalan to sign for them.

It is well known that Bayern is not the kind of club that would throw such an immense amount of money at anyone, regardless of who are. In an interview given to Tuttosport, Karl Heinz Rummenigge completely ruled out the possibility of Bayern Munich joining the hunt for Messi. He said (via Goal), “No. We can’t pay a player of that size. It is not part of our policy and philosophy.”

When asked further about why other clubs are keen to bring Messi in for such a huge price while Bayern can’t afford him, Rummenigge said: “For me it would be like playing the Lotto. There is very little money around. It’s true, Chelsea have already spent 250 million, but they have just returned from two transfer windows that saw them spend no money due to an embargo. At the time of Covid it is not easy for any company. A rich owner is not enough. He must be very rich.”

Barcelona v Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Photo by Manu Fernandez/Pool via Getty Images

After a disastrous season at Barcelona in addition to back-to-back poor decisions from the club management, it is not a big surprise that Messi wants a new challenge, although a huge number of people still cannot wrap their heads around the fact that we might be witnessing the end of a beautiful chapter in football history.

Rummenigge said, “Honestly, hearing that Messi could leave Barcelona makes me a little sad. Leo has written the history of that club and in my opinion he should end his career with the Blaugrana. There are internal and private aspects there that I don’t know about and that is why I will not interfere.”

Since Bayern Munich is out of the hunt for the Argentine, we are just mere spectators of this insane transfer story. So sit back, grab some pop corn and watch the Champions League highlights on repeat because we deserve this break!!