MADRID – Six-time Champions League winner Although the two players have agreed on a new contract, Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona. The La Liga club announced on Thursday, citing financial and primary obstacles to the deal being restored. Messi, who joined Barcelona when he was 13 years old, is the club’s all-time leading scorer, with 672 goals in 778 appearances in all competitions.
Argentina was entitled to organize a transfer to another club once his contract expired at the end of June. But Barcelona had constantly met the requirements to wait longer with the club. Messi has spent his whole career and life with Barcelona. He had been expected to sign a new five-year contract with the Catalan club with a 50% pay cut.
Barcelona expected to rebuild to complete the deal, but this proved impossible when they failed to reduce their compensation bill and financially stay within La Liga’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) criteria. Last month, La Liga president Javier Tebas stated that Barcelona, which has an absolute obligation of over 1 billion euros ($1.18 billion), would not be tolerated if it did not comply with the league’s strict monetary management laws.
The news of Messi’s departure comes just one day after La Liga agreed on a fundamental level to sell 10% of a newly formed organization that houses the majority of its business to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners for 2.7 billion euros. “Although FC Barcelona and Messi have agreed and that the two players have a realistic expectation of signing another agreement today, this cannot proceed due to monetary and financial deterrents,” Barca stated.
“Messi won’t be staying at FC Barcelona because of the situation.” The two players are concerned that the player’s and the club’s desires won’t be fulfilled in the end. “FC Barcelona expresses its honour to Messi for his commitment to the club’s growth and wishes Messi all the best in his personal and professional
When Sunday’s question-and-answer session, which featured a tearful Lionel Messi, is remembered, it may be remembered as the second the air pocket exploded.
“I did everything within my power, and the club, [president Joan] Laporta, they couldn’t do it because of La Liga,” sobbed Messi. “I’ve heard things about me that I don’t want to go into, but in my life, we did everything we could on the basis that I needed to stay.”
Barcelona cannot re-sign the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who is currently a free agent, as they scramble to satisfy La Liga’s compensation quota, which they agreed to in the 2011-12 season. They are not permitted to spend more than 70% of their revenue on player remuneration, yet they are still at 95% even without charisma. Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, and Sergi Roberto discuss reduced compensations, but no matter how tumultuous the situation at Nou Camp appears to be, Barcelona isn’t alone in their predicament.
The virus that has swept Europe’s super-clubs has compounded the millions of pounds that have been lost in previous seasons. Even where the frenzy appears to be unabated — Manchester City recently smashed the British exchange record when they paid £100 million for Jack Grealish and could do it again if they acquire Harry Kane – outgoings will be required.
Instead of wasting £150 million on Kane, the city would seek to attract
Tottenham with a player and a financial deal. Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Aymeric Laporte, and Nathan Ake have all been linked as part of that move. In any case, finding buyers for Yangel Herrera, Patrick Roberts, and Ryo Meschino can ease the strain on a city’s depleted coffers.
With Messi on the side-lines, Barcelona has primarily been displacing peripheral players. Matheus Fernandes alleges he was notified of his departure through email. Carles Alena, Jean Clair Todibo, Junior Firpo, Konrad de la Fuente, and Francisco Trincao (credit) were all removed from the books simultaneously. Huge players Antoine Griezmann, Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto, and goalkeeper Neto appear to purchase. After falling behind new signings, Martin Braithwaite may be able to pave a path. In the hierarchy, there are Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay, Miralem Pjanic is poised to join Juventus, and Barcelona would consider offers for Ousmane Dembele. However, given the Frenchman’s physical condition, it’s unlikely that he’ll relocate before late spring.
After the club’s first trophyless season in ten years, Carlo Ancelotti takes over
Real Madrid, but there are also off-field concerns at the Bernabeu. Although Raphael Varane is on his way to Manchester United, Gareth Bale and his seven-figure compensation are back, and individual Galactico Eden Hazard may be allowed to depart after failing to meet his charging due to wounds. Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard, already on loan at Arsenal, doubt their futures, and Marcelo could follow Sergio Ramos out the door. Isco, Marco Asensio, Luka Jovic, and Mariano Diaz are also on the list of players to be traded.
Thanks to a fantastic summer, PSG has effectively signed Ramos, Gianluigi
Donnarumma, and Georginio Wijnaldum on free transfers. Whether Uefa relaxes its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules due to the lost revenues during the Covid-19 period, Mauro Icardi, Leo Paredes, and Idrissa Gueye could be removed from central midfield in Ligue 1. Abdou Diallo, Thilo Kehrer, Rafinha
Alcantara, Arnaud Kalimuendo, and Pablo Sarabia make up the Abdou Diallo, Thilo Kehrer, Rafinha Alcantara, Arnaud Kalimuendo, and Pablo Sarabia quintet. The paradox, of course, is that Messi will almost certainly wind up with one of the few superpowers willing to assist him, and thus the cycle will continue. There’s also no valid reason to believe that the end of a significant time, however bleak it may be for the player, will change anything in the long run.