Former Serie A side Messina are for sale for a mere 85p as the Italian club face a race against time to save their future.
The Sicilian outfit sent shockwaves around Italy back in 2004 after securing a surprise promotion to Serie A for the first time in forty years. However, their footballing fairytale is endanger of having anything but a happy ending.
Against all odds, Messina secured a stunning 7th-placed finish under Bortolo Mutti in their first top-flight campaign since 1965 before narrowly beating the drop the following season. However, come the end of the 2006-07 campaign, the Giallorossi's remarkable run in Serie A was over. The Italian outfit were relegated and a financial crisis began crippling the club.
Such was the extent of Messina's monetary woes that they were booted out of Serie B before being left with no choice but to file for bankruptcy in 2008. Currently down in Serie C and on the cusp of extinction, the club's president Pietro Sciotti has issue a desperate plea, urging potential buyers to step up a save the Sicilians.
Not only that, but he's asking for as little as 85p in exchange for the former Serie A side before this weekend's deadline. It could well be a matter of time before Messina's fate is sealed.
A statement for Sciotti shared to the club's Instagram account read: "I have still not received a single offer for ACR Messina, just a few phone calls to ask for information. Last January and then in May I underlined how my last objective was to attain Serie C survival and leave.
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"With immense displeasure, after five years at the helm of the glorious ACR Messina, I repeat my desire to end my time at the club and for this reason, I am ready to sell the club for a symbolic €1.
“It is my final act of live. The deadline is the 24 hours of June 12, if there is no offer, I will look at the situation and make necessary decisions, even if they are difficult.”
Should Messina fail to find a buyer in time, the club are expected to fold. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
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