Former chief of the sports communications company from Argentina, Torneos y Competencias, Alejandro Burzaco, claimed that Lionel Messi had received a € 170,000 fee to play in a friendly match for Argentina.
Burzaco was released and now is an important witness for the Brooklyn Federal Court over FIFA corruption scandal since 2015.
According to the Argentine newspaper Ole, Burzaco paid Lionel Messi and other Argentine players to make sure they would play in a friendly match for Argentina.
“Yes, him [Messin] and others. The payment was worth $ 200,000 to make sure they will play, “Burzaco said when asked if his former company paid the Argentinean star for the friendly match. He did not tell any other names.
The Argentine newspaper has posted the transcript of the comments from Burzacos.
Q: Who is the president of Argentina?
B: Mauricio Macri.
Q: Who is Lionel Messi?
B: The best player in the world.
Q: Has your company paid Messi?
B: Yes, him and other players. The payment was worth 200,000 euros to make sure they will play.