Why the extension of Lionel Messi (PSG) in 2020 at FC Barcelona has flipped

You must remember: on August 24, 2020, the football planet learned what a “burofax” is. It was by this means that Lionel Messi had tried to leave FC Barcelona one year from the end of his contract, arguing that he would be free a few days later, on August 30. The club held on and finally saw the man with seven Ballons d’Or leave him a year later in the direction of Paris Saint-Germain. El Mundo reveals this Wednesday why the negotiations fell apart in the summer of 2020.


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Financially drained after years of spending lavishly and following the Covid crisis, FC Barcelona could not accede to the player’s requests. El Mundowho had access to an impressive amount of documents, including email exchanges between Jorge Messi, the player’s father, his lawyers and former president Josep Maria Bertomeu, detailed them and they are extravagant to say the least.

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The release clause that does not pass

Thus, the player, who earned 74.9 million euros net per year the previous season, had agreed to lower his salary by 20% for the 2020/2021 season … but he wanted to recover 10% in 2021/2022 and 10% in 2022/2023, all with 3% interest. A request which would have further increased the bill for Barça but the latter had accepted it, just as he had agreed to grant a bonus of 10 million upon signing, a box at Camp Nou for the families of Messi and Luis Suarez and finally a private plane for a return to Argentina at Christmas for La Pulga and his family.

On the other hand, still according to El Mundo, Bartomeu had not accepted Messi’s ultimate request, namely to increase his release clause from 700 million euros to … 10,000. The player therefore wanted to be master of his destiny since any of his potential suitors would have had no problem paying this derisory sum to the Catalan club. Too greedy Lionel Messi? One thing is certain, however: he had indeed considered leaving his lifelong club.

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