Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward agrees contract extension with 50 per cent pay cut


Lionel Messi has reached a verbal settlement on a five-year contract extension at Barcelona, together with his wage to be diminished by 50 per cent beneath phrases of the brand new deal.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner was formally a free agent as of July 1 after he did not agree phrases over a renewal earlier than his earlier Barcelona contract expired on June 30.

Earlier in July, Messi led Argentina to the Copa America title because of a 1-0 win within the last in opposition to hosts Brazil, bringing an finish to his watch for a primary main worldwide trophy.

The 34-year-old has now agreed to remain on at his boyhood membership for an additional 5 years, that means he will probably be 39 by the point his new deal runs out – when he could have totalled 26 years on the membership’s books.

Messi sparked an acrimonious switch row in August final yr, when he formally knowledgeable the membership his want to activate a clause in his contract which might have seen him depart at no cost.

Nonetheless, La Liga president Javier Tebas and Josep Maria Bartomeu – Barcelona president on the time – blocked the transfer, indicating that the clause was solely energetic till June 10 and any suitor must pay his €700m launch clause in full.

Lionel Messi lastly received a significant trophy with Argentina this summer season

“I believed and we have been positive that I would be a free agent,” Messi advised Aim.

“The president all the time advised me that I may determine to remain or go on the finish of the season and so they’re now clinging to the truth that I hadn’t stated something by June 10, when it seems that on June 10 the La Liga season was nonetheless ongoing and we have been within the midst of this virus and this sickness that altered the entire fixture calendar.

“And that is the explanation why I am staying on on the membership. I am now staying as a result of the president advised me that the one approach I may depart was by paying the €700m launch clause, which is unattainable.”

Bartomeu went on to resign in October, whereas Messi wished to hearken to the plans of his successor Joan Laporta earlier than deciding his future.

Manchester Metropolis and Paris Saint-Germain have been the front-running golf equipment concerned with signing him. Messi additionally desires to sooner or later play in MLS.

Messi Q&A: How Barcelona can afford deal

Lionel Messi (AP)


Spanish Soccer knowledgeable Alvaro Montero says he expects Lionel Messi to re-sign for Barcelona regardless of the monetary restrictions the membership is dealing with in the intervening time.

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Why have Barcelona supplied such a prolonged contract?

“The rationale it is a five-year deal is that it’s seemingly that Messi will play the following two years nevertheless it’s an extended deal in order that he stays linked to the membership as an envoy. However the speak is he would possibly go to MLS after two years whereas nonetheless being paid by the membership.

“It is a approach for Barcelona to unfold out the fee over 5 years. That is a part of the explanation he is been in a position to take such an enormous reduce of round 50 per cent.”

Will a 50 per cent pay reduce work for Barcelona?

“It would however they’re going to nonetheless have extra work to do. Messi has been satisfied to remain on for some time now however one of many explanation why they’ve not been in a position to register him to date is right down to La Liga rules. They’ve very strict monetary management guidelines, the place you can’t register new gamers till you’ve got met their tips.

“They should clear lots of wage off their books and so they’re nonetheless working to do this. It is why there’s been stories they may make a swap cope with Saul Niguez at Atletico Madrid and Antoine Griezmann. It could partly liberate Griezmann’s excessive wages to then pay Messi.

Antoine Griezmann scored twice in Barcelona's win over Villarreal
Antoine Griezmann could possibly be offloaded to generate funds

So Griezmann will probably be sacrificed for Messi?

“There’s lots of speak in Spain that Griezmann will head again to Atletico Madrid, however their followers will not entertain the prospect of Saul leaving in any respect. Diego Simeone desires to have Griezmann again on the membership, and he is very a lot in cost so if he desires one thing he may properly get it.

“Griezmann is presently in Ibiza on vacation however is on standby and able to fly into Madrid if that swap deal does undergo. It is a approach for Barcelona to save lots of round €12m in wages.”

How have Barcelona hit monetary issues?

“The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone – it is affected Actual Madrid, Atletico and Premier League golf equipment. However Barcelona have been already in a foul state of affairs mainly because of mismanagement beneath the Bartomeu administration that got here earlier than the Joan Laporta-led regime.

“They have been simply ready for a pure catastrophe or a pandemic to push them over the sting to create every kind of issues, and that is precisely what’s occurred.”


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