Lionel Messi to Join Dubai Irish FC?

Published September 1st, 2020 - 01:34 GMT
Lionel Messi (Photo: AFP)
Lionel Messi (Photo: AFP)

Dubai-based businessman Dennis McGettigan has launched a bid to bring football megastar Lionel Messi to the UAE.

McGettigan, who owns and runs the famous McGettigan’s food and drink brand, is also the sponsor of Dubai Irish FC.

He contacted Barcelona after Messi handed in a transfer request – and the club has confirmed they have received the inquiry.

McGettigan said: “It’s true that I have been in touch with Barcelona to confirm our interest in bringing the best player in the world to the UAE. It will be more than just playing football for Dubai Irish – I can see him bringing so much to the business as I know he is interested in food and drink and loves to have a good time as well.”

“We could have him coaching kids in the morning, playing for the team in the evening and then hosting Champions League nights in McGettigan’s to finish off a busy day.”

“The salary package is obviously a challenge but we will do what we can and also top it up with a great villa looking out to sea, some desert adventure deals and as many chicken wings and roast dinners as he can handle.”

Barcelona confirmed they received the inquiry but did not wish to say anything further.

He added: “People will think this impossible but the world, as we know, can be a crazy place and Dubai Irish has a team for over 35s – so once Messi gets to that age he can take it a little easier with the older guys.”


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