The main star and captain of the Barcelona football team Lionel Messi will not renew his contract with the club, about this it says on the official website of the team.
The previous contract of the six-time Golden Ball winner with the blue garnet ended on June 30. The athlete was in free agent status for about a month.
The footballer wanted to continue working at the club, but obstacles arose. It turned out that due to the financial rules of the Spanish championship, the 34-year-old player will not be able to conclude a new agreement with Barcelona.
The situation in which Messi and the football team find themselves is dictated by the financial problems of the club and the strictness of the leadership of La Liga as the organizer of the Spanish championship. The rules of the competition provide for the introduction of a ceiling on the salaries of football players. According to the rules, the amount of expenses should depend on the earnings of the club.
In the 2019/2020 season, Barcelona allocated 671 million euros for the salaries of football players. In order to fit into the salary ceiling indicated by the tournament, the club’s administration will have to reduce these expenses to 383 million euros. FC currently spends 110 percent of its income on wages for athletes. Because of this, he cannot register new players.
The football team was trying to resolve the situation. In the summer, she tried to sell seven players between the ages of 21 and 24. Bought only three of them. Thus, left-back Junior Firpo began playing in English Leeds, midfielder Carles Aleña moved to Spanish Getafe, and central defender Jean-Clair Todibo became a player of French Nice.
Barcelona, according to the website Transfermarkt, should make a profit of 28.5 million euros from this. The management saves finances and salaries that cannot be compared with Messi’s annual income, which, according to Forbes, is 82 million euros.
hosted by Lionel Messi in the Barcelona system
Messi entered the Barcelona system 21 years ago, making his first team debut in 2003. Despite the fact that the footballer was one of the most loyal players of the club today, in the summer of 2020 he announced that he wanted to leave. This happened after Barcelona lost 2-8 to Bayern in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Experts named French PSG and English Manchester City as places to continue the Argentinean’s career. Moscow “Spartak” invited the Argentine striker to join the team.
Messi’s announcement sparked rumors of his resignation, payoffs of hundreds of millions of euros, as well as a conflict with the now former president of the Catalans, Josep Bartomeu. Messi spent the 2020/2021 season at Barcelona anyway. Towards the end, the striker was determined to remain in the Catalan team and apologized to the fans for his words. However, he still failed to renew the contract.