The Argentine star, Lionel Messi, the Paris Saint-Germain football striker, and his wife are considering buying the Pink Palace for 41 million pounds, according to the British newspaper, The Sun.
Lionel Messi has been staying at the Royal Monceau, a five-star hotel with his family, since he moved to France from Barcelona last August.
But Messi and his family are excited to find a permanent home, and his wife, Antonella, is looking for the perfect home, and she has certain criteria to meet, which makes the search more difficult.
The property must have an indoor pool, gym, several children’s rooms, a car park, a private home cinema, air conditioning and a garden.
The Barcelona mansion of Messi and his wife had those features, with the added bonus of stunning views and a small football pitch.
Antonella thought she had found a place to fit her needs in a house in Neuilly-sur-Seine on the outskirts of Paris, but the owner reportedly increased his monthly asking price by £8,500 when he learned that Messi was the interested party.
That ended the family’s interest, with Antonella now focusing on the “Pink Palace” castle, which was built in 1899, and former French President Charles de Gaulle lived there for a few days in 1940 during World War II, and is located in the wealthy Parisian suburb of Le Vesinet, near Paris Saint-Germain’s training grounds.
The giant property has an area of 2,000 square meters and includes 30 rooms, according to “Sotheby’s” (auction house) with a value of 41 million pounds.
It has a luxurious indoor pool, home cinema and gym, even Messi will have access to his squash court, moreover, there is also a garage and staff quarters.
Antonella is said to have toured the property but will look at it again with Messi before making a final decision.