Having left for Paris Saint-Germain after 21 years, Lionel Messi wanted to extend to FC Barcelona. But the Argentinian striker’s demands were far too great to be accepted.
Messi left FC Barcelona for PSG in the summer of 2021.
Lionel Messi (35) with another shirt than FC Barcelona, the idea was inconceivable in 2020. Especially because the Argentine striker had absolutely no intention of leaving his lifelong club. But with the Covid-19 pandemic, the coffers of all European clubs have taken a big hit. And the possibility of La Pulga extending his contract, which expired in June 2021, has largely diminished.
In its edition of the day, El Mundo, which obtained a copy of the email sent by the player’s lawyer to the former management, on June 11, 2020, evokes the eleven conditions imposed by the South American to re-enlist.
The very relative efforts of Messi
In this message, the representative of the sevenfold Ballon d’Or demanded an extension of his lease until June 2023 with a unilateral extension. Messi asked for a fixed salary (61 M€/year) with a reduction of 20% in 2020-2021 but a recovery of 10% of his emoluments in 2021-2022 and another 10% in 2022-2023 with an interest of 3% per year . Still on the economic side, the payment of unpaid loyalty bonuses with interest was also claimed.
In addition to a signing bonus of 10 million euros, the player’s representative also requested payment of the amounts carried over from the 2020-2021 season plus interest in the event of termination of the contract. An increase in remuneration in the event of an increase in taxes and the removal of the termination clause, set at a symbolic amount of €10,000, are among the conditions demanded by the clan of the native of Rosario.
Benefits to loved ones
Along with the desired new contract, there was also talk of the club’s commitment to ensuring payment to Rodrigo Messi of the commissions owed to him. The renewal of the contract of Pepe Costa, faithful confidant of Messi, as long as that of the player, a special box for the families of Albiceleste and Luis Suarez as well as a private Christmas flight for the whole family to Argentina were also wishes.
Requests impossible to accept by the Catalan management of the time, who resigned even before the end of Messi’s lease, in particular due to catastrophic economic management. Josep Maria Bartomeu’s successor, Joan Laporta, has been tasked with making the heavy decision not to renew the best player in the history of his club, who eventually left to try his luck at Paris Saint-Germain.
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