The continuity of Lionel Messi at Barcelona will be announced imminently. The Argentinian returned from the last period of your vacation in Ibiza to the Catalan capital, on Sunday he will attend the traditional Joan Gamper that will be played without an audience and then will join the preseason of Ronald Koeman’s squad.
The confirmation that Messi will continue to be Barça is the main blow to the spectacular agreement that sealed the Spanish Professional Soccer League who presides Javier Tebas with the CVC investment fund.
Barcelona will receive an aid from 270 million euros, which will have an impact of 40.5 million to alleviate their wage bill. From there to guarantee the presence of Messi, there is a step.
Messi’s contract with Barca had already expired at the end of June. He could not sign a new one because the club did not meet the financial fair play requirements of the League. Nor could he make additions. The case of Agüero is different, because he did not force to pay money for a purchase and his emoluments were equal to the numbers of the Catalans. Thus, Barca was forced to reduce the workforce and considerably lower the wage bill although, despite this economic strategy, it did not reach the limits imposed by the League. Barcelona is not the only one in that situation. For similar reasons, Real Madrid had one foot on the brake in their negotiations to buy Mbappé and Haaland.
Javier Tebas, president of the Spanish League. (Reuter)
However, yesterday, the League announced its agreement with CVC. The investment fund will inject 2,700 million euros that will go almost directly to the clubs, in exchange for a 10% stake in the commercial business and an account in participation of the future benefits obtained with this activity. Another 100 million will go to women’s and non-professional football. The fresh money will be 90% of the total figure that Spanish teams receive from La Liga, around 2,430 million euros.
Ronald Koeman waits for Messi. (EFE)
The League retains the right to commercialize the TV rights. CVC invests in Spanish football to “enhance its brand worldwide”, becoming a minority partner of the League. The formidable amount of money will have to be invested in the improvement of the stadiums, infrastructures and in development plans. The Club Assembly of August 12 must ratify the agreement, something that is discounted. CVC is an investment fund with experience in sport since it was a shareholder in Moto GP, Formula 1 and in the Six Nations rugby tournament.