Change of perspective. It is often smart to try to look at problems from a different angle. When we talk about the continuity of Leo Messi at Barcelona, we usually look at the liberation clause that the footballer has and that Bartomeu, although he had promised, did not respect. Since the burofax episode and its reluctant continuity this season, the effects of the pandemic have radically changed the game. Beyond the player’s detachment and feeling pointed out in everything bad that happens at the club, Barça, according to La Liga announced, has to face a massive salary cut.
From 656 to 382 million. As much as Javier Tebas wanted to sweeten the matter and place full responsibility on the pandemic, the truth is that the future Barça directive has to cut 274 million this season, 85 more than expected, and, if he does not succeed, this limit will be it would drop even more in 2021-2022. The proposal to the players to charge 30 percent less is on the table, but it does not seem easy for them to accept. To make matters worse, this economic hack was calculated under the assumption that the public would return to the stadiums next January, which was seen as almost impossible. If confirmed, the salary limit of all First and Second clubs would automatically lower due to the absence of ticketing throughout this period. After selling Suárez, Rakitic and Vidal down, Barça would have to accept that almost a third of the salary mass fell on Messi, more frustrated and twisted than ever.
Dead end. The Barça club must decide whether to enter that labyrinth, expose itself to the player deciding to free himself in June or whether to make the very difficult decision to dispense with the best footballer in history in January (the elections are on the 24th), try to get some liquidity with its sale and save the gross 100 million charged per season. It is not about loving Messi more or less, it is about being able or not to pay what he charges, which is very different.
Infamous minutes of glory. For some time now, lamentable disrespect to footballers such as the one Griezmann suffered when leaving training by two so-called fans is perceived. It has not been the only one. Dembelé, Piqué and Riqui Puig have also suffered them recently. The new penalty of the news program is to give fuel to characters who seek television celebrity at the expense of respect for the footballer.