The 33-year-old announced his desire to leave Barcelona, and briefly looked likely to fulfil that wish, but has performed a U-turn and will remain at the Camp Nou for the upcoming season.
Messi had a clause in his contract which allowed him to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of last season, but only if he informed the hierarchy by 10 June, something he did not do, only letting the club know in August.
This meant that any side wanting to bring him in would have to meet his €700m release clause, which was never going to happen.
Sanchez feels this was really poor planning from the Messi family and, despite him genuinely wanting to leave the club, meant that an exit was almost impossible.
The burofax sent to the club announcing the intention to leave, but not being able to do so, was a silly decision, believes the Mexican.
‘That untimely burofax only strengthened the image of the president of Barcelona and gave him time to weaken Messi’s decision,’ Sanchez told ESPN .
‘Messi has had no choice but to stay at Barcelona due to bad advice from his father and the law firm, because they could have saved that burofax. That has caused weakness to his image within the team.
‘Coincidentally, Messi had the lawyers who had previously worked with Barcelona, but due to a conflict of interest, the Catalan club changed its strategy.
‘If Messi and his father already had the decision to leave Barcelona, they should not have waited in time.
‘But before the end of the term agreed in the contract, they had to tell the club that they wanted to leave at the end of the season and on a free, without paying any compensation. If they had it planned, it should have been done that way.
‘Messi’s second problem was to send that burofax without certainty and guaranteeing that they had a team that would pay the €700m, which, due to the pandemic, no team in the world that can invest that amount.’
The Barcelona superstar says that it was in fact his family’s choice to stay at the club, not because he couldn’t secure a departure.
‘When I communicated my wish to leave to my wife and children, it was a brutal drama,’ Messi told Goal. ‘The whole family began crying, my children did not want to leave Barcelona, nor did they want to change schools.’