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Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour 'made vow to sign Lionel Messi'

Sheikh Mansour 'made vow to sign Messi'
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Former Manchester City striker Robinho claims that the club's owner Sheikh Mansour made a promise to sign Lionel Messi when taking over at the Etihad Stadium.

Former Manchester City forward Robinho has claimed that the club's owner Sheikh Mansour made a vow to sign Lionel Messi as part of his plan to turn the club into a dominant force.

Mansour's takeover of City in 2008 has yielded two league titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup so far, while they are favourites to win the Premier League and amongst the frontrunners for Champions League glory this season too.

Messi has regularly been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium during that time, and Robinho confirmed that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has long been the club's number one transfer target.

"I spoke a few times with the owner Sheikh Mansour. He told me he was going to go big to get Kaka and Lionel Messi. Kaka was close. But Messi... I think Messi was beyond them. But I believed in the project," he told Daily Mail.

"The Sheikh had the ambition to create the best team in the world and now look at them. They have the best manager in the world in Pep Guardiola and can go toe-to-toe with anyone."

La Liga president Javier Tebas yesterday claimed that Messi has signed a new deal at Barcelona, which is likely to see him end his career at Camp Nou.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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