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El Mundo reveals Leo Messi’s requirements to sign for Barcelona in 2020 ›

El Mundo reveals Leo Messi's requirements to sign for Barcelona in 2020 ›
  • Madrid newspaper El Mundo Present the requirements that Messi allegedly should have placed on Barcelona when negotiating a contract extension in 2020
  • The Argentine could have expected to raise the exit clause or to host the Camp Nou for his family, as well as for Luis Suarez
  • Barcelona did not agree to certain conditions, and as a result, the famous office fax was sent

Leo Messi left Barcelona in the summer of 2021, but spoke to the club twelve months ago about extending the relationship. Madrid newspaper El Mundo Presents the negotiation process with a football player Blaugrana Based on the content of emails exchanged between the father and representative of Argentine Jorge Messi, the lawyer of the star and former president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Barcelona Council. In this context, the expectations of Liu and his entourage, as well as the club’s response, were presented.

Barcelona at the time was struggling with the financial difficulties caused by the pandemic, but on May 4th made a proposal to Messi for a new contract. The cooperation will be extended for another year, and the contract will be automatically extended at each subsequent date, unless Messi says otherwise before April 30. Barcelona has agreed to the footballer’s father’s terms regarding a hostel at the Camp Nou or a private trip for the whole family to Argentina over the Christmas period.

Another important date was June 11, when lawyer Jorge Picort was sending a letter to Bartomeu, CEO of Oscar Grau and head of the legal service of Roman Gomez Ponte club, with 11 terms that introduced Messi to Barcelona. The Argentine forecast was as follows:

1. Contract until 2023 with the possibility of extending the unilateral cooperation of Leo Messi.
2. A 20% salary cut for the 2020/2021 season, a 10% refund in the 2021/2022 games and another 10% in the 2022/2023 campaign at 3% interest per annum.
3. Pay the accrued loyalty reward with interest.
4. A hostel for the families of Messi and Luis Suarez.
5. A special Christmas trip for the whole family to Argentina.
6. Deferred wage payments from the 2020/2021 season plus interest in the event of contract termination.
7. €10 million reward for signing the contract.
8. Increase in wages in case of tax increase.
9. Cancellation of the exit requirement, which will be set at the level of €10,000.
10. Pepe Costa’s contract extension according to Messi’s contract term.
11. The signing of Barcelona’s pledge to pay the commission for Rodrigo Messi (the player’s brother).

Then Barcelona agreed with Messi to reduce his salary by 30% due to the decline in revenue due to the epidemic, but the player will recover this amount in the following seasons. The lawyer then wrote that “the effort on the part of the family is great as their salaries are significantly reduced, but Leo and Jorge accept this for the benefit of the club.” However, there were other provisions a problem. Bartomeu has refused to lower Messi’s departure clause from €700m to €10,000 in order not to give the impression that the footballer has an open door to leave the club. He also refused to pay a reward of 10 million euros for signing the contract. Barcelona also stipulated that the appetite of all players may increase after the aforementioned reduction only when the club’s revenue returns to the level of 1.1 billion euros before the pandemic.

Messi’s family did not like this offer and was rejected. Negotiations were completed and in August the famous footballer sent a bureaucrat with a request to leave Barcelona. Ultimately, Messi stayed until the end of the season, his relationship with the club improved after the election and it seemed that in the summer of 2021 an agreement was reached to extend the cooperation. In the end, however, Joan Laporta’s board of directors did not sign a contract with the player, although he was already convinced that it would be possible. Perhaps in the future the media will reveal the reasons for this solution.

El Mundo The emails exchanged between the two parties were obtained on the basis of documents and letters collected by the police on the occasion of the Barcajit scandal. The newspaper has already announced that it will soon publish information on Gerard Pique and Neymar.

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