The future of Lionel Messi (35) will be fought hard again next year at the latest. Paris St. Germain will try everything to extend the expiring contract. But FC Barcelona also dreams of a return of the prodigal son.
A little over a year ago, Messi left the Camp Nou for France. Another year earlier, in the summer of 2020, Barça had tried intensively for an extension, but ultimately in vain.
Spanish ‘El Mundo’ now uncovers a long list of demands made by Messi and father Jorge for a signature. Gradually, more and more points were added in the negotiations that Barça could not and did not want to fulfill for financial reasons.
1) A contract until 2023 with a unilateral extension option for Messi.
2) A corona-related salary reduction of 20 percent in the 2020/21 season, but a reclaim of ten percent of the salary in each of the two following seasons, including interest of three percent per year.
3) The payment of outstanding loyalty bonuses with interest.
4) A box for the families of Messi and friend Luis Suárez.
5) A private Christmas flight for the whole family to Argentina.
6) In the event of a contract termination, continued payment of the salary in the 2020/21 season plus interest.
7) A signing fee of ten million euros.
8) In the event of tax increases in Spain, these costs should be passed on to the club. All outstanding bonuses must be paid out including interest.
9) The “abolition” of the release clause, reduced from 700 million euros to a symbolic amount of 10,000 euros.
10) The contract extension with friend and supervisor Pepe Costa over the same term as his own contract.
11) The payment of outstanding commission to Brother Rodrigo Messi.
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On June 25, 2020, the club’s president at the time, Josep Bartomeu, replied to the Messi camp: The club was unable to raise the earnest money due to the corona pandemic. They also did not want to lower the exit clause. The rest is history. Messi faxes his release on August 24, Bartomeu refuses to say goodbye and Messi joins PSG on a free transfer a year later.