Lionel Messi will not continue his career at Barcelona. Rosario’s new contract, according to sources from the club and the player’s family, had already been agreed to by word of mouth since last July 12. However, this Thursday afternoon, after the last communication via phone between the player’s father and representative, Jorge, and the president of the Barça entity, Joan Laporta, the pact was broken. “Despite having reached an agreement between Barcelona and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, it cannot be formalized due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish LaLiga regulations) ”, Informed the Barcelona entity.
Jorge Messi landed in Barcelona this Thursday. Lionel Messi had returned from his vacation on Wednesday. In the Argentine’s office they were already prepared to make official the new contract with Barça, the tenth of his career with the Barça entity. However, everything fell apart after the president of the Barça club informed him Jorge Messi that the club could not register the contract it had agreed to in July and that the lawyers for both parties had concluded last week. “Both parties deeply regret that finally the wishes of both the player and the club cannot be fulfilled,” the Barça entity insisted in the statement.
After spending approximately 506 million euros on the salaries of the first team last season, LaLiga limited Barça’s expenses: 347 million for the 2021-2022 academic year. An amount that can be increased after LaLiga’s agreement with the international investment fund CVC, which would inject about 284 million into the club’s coffers. At Barça, however, the employers were skeptical of the pact. “It is about selling the television rights for 40 years. We do not know if we will be in the Super League or where we will be ”, say sources from the Catalan entity. 70% of this new income has to be allocated to infrastructure (Espai Barça), 15% to reduce the debt (1,173 million) and the remaining 15% for salaries of the first team.
The last salary of the 10, between fixed and variable, was 138 million. A commitment that was impossible to assume in the face of the limitations of the employer and, above all, in the delicate economic situation that the club is going through. Then, according to sources in the negotiation, Messi had accepted a 50% cut in his salary. And the club, in return, had offered him a five-year contract. In fact, it was already agreed how the Argentine’s bond was going to be paid: 20 million in the first season so that Barcelona can accommodate the wage bill, a strong increase in the second season and it would decrease again in the last three.
A year after Messi threatened to say goodbye to his differences with Josep Maria Bartomeu, Laporta could not retain the Rosario. It had been his electoral promise.