15 Jul Lionel Messi agrees Barcelona contract, accepts important wage lower
Lionel Messi and Barcelona have reached an settlement for the ahead to signal a brand new five-year cope with the Catalan membership, sources have confirmed to Football4cast. Sources added that Messi has accepted a major wage discount to delay his keep.
Messi was a free agent after his contract at Barca expired, and he had courted curiosity from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester Metropolis since first revealing a want to finish his 20-year relationship with Barca final summer season. The 34-year-old’s earlier contract, which was price over €500 million ($594m) over 4 years, expired on the stroke of midnight on June 30.
Nevertheless, with the return of Joan Laporta as president in March, Messi grew extra open to staying at Camp Nou. An official announcement is anticipated within the coming days.
Laporta had hoped to finalise an settlement earlier than Messi’s earlier phrases expired. Barca’s monetary issues made that not possible, although, with their gross debt over €1 billion. Cutbacks have been important, by way of transferring gamers out, lowering the wage invoice and getting Messi to simply accept a decrease wage.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has warned Barca they won’t be allowed to register Messi’s new deal if they’re unable to scale back spending to adjust to the league’s Monetary Honest Play guidelines. Barca’s spending restrict has been diminished from over €600m to €347m because the coronavirus pandemic, with additional reductions anticipated to be imposed for the upcoming season.
Due to this fact, to register Messi’s new deal, along with new signings Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia and Emerson Royal, Barca have to proceed lowering the wage invoice and transferring gamers on. With that in thoughts, sources on the membership refuse to rule out the departure of Antoine Griezmann, a €120m signing in 2019.
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Messi is on vacation along with his household after his Copa America glory with Argentina final weekend, which was his first senior trophy along with his nationwide team.
He’ll hyperlink up with Ronald Koeman’s squad later in the summertime, with Barca’s league marketing campaign kicking off on Aug. 15 towards Actual Sociedad at Camp Nou.
Messi had first expressed a want to go away Barca final August after the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich within the Champions League. His relationship with then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu had reached a breaking level. In a September 2020 interview with Objective, after Barca had blocked his departure, Messi known as Bartomeu a “liar” and stated the board had been “making issues up as they go alongside” and “plugging holes” for years.
Bartomeu, dealing with a vote of no confidence, resigned final October and was finally changed by Laporta in March. Laporta has a very good relationship with Messi and his household. He was Barca’s president when Messi made his first-team debut and when he signed his first skilled contract with the membership.
Sources instructed Football4cast in April that Laporta was working on a contract renewal for Messi that included the choice of taking part in in Main League Soccer earlier than returning to Barcelona.
In public and in non-public, Laporta had all the time maintained that he was “satisfied” he might persuade Messi to remain. The membership have already made a collection of signings this summer season, bringing in Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia, in addition to recalling Emerson Royal.
Messi first joined Barca’s academy in 2000 and has gone on to play 778 video games for the membership, breaking Xavi Hernandez’s look file final season. He has scored 672 targets, one other membership file, and has helped Barca win, amongst different trophies, 10 La Liga titles and the Champions League on 4 events.