A VfB Stuttgart fan has raised hundreds of euros in a game effort to tempt Lionel Messi to his club.
Tim Artmann created an online fundraiser on GoFundMe – where a number of such pages have been made since the Argentine announced his desire to leave Barcelona.
Mr Artmann’s appeal for the 33-year-old to trade the Catalans for Stuttgart has raised almost 500 euro (£450) of its 900 million euro goal – but he is not confident about his chances of success.
“Messi is one of the best players in the world and I see no chance that he will come to our club, even if we reach our goal of money,” he told the PA news agency.
“If Messi chooses another club, the collected money will be donated.”
He is not alone in his effort to lure Messi however, although he appears to have had by far the most monetary success.
It can be presumed Manchester United fans set up the “Messi to Old Trafford” GoFundMe page, with a £100 million target, while another page trying to temp Messi to Manchester – entitled “Transfer Messi to Man City” – set a much lower goal of 10 million Swiss francs (about £8 million).
One page from a British user, Zayd Johar, does not specify a club but is entitled “Saving up to buy Messi” with a £200 million goal – with the description “any little helps”.