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Messi’s contract ends this Wednesday

Messi is about to launch a foul in a completely empty Camp Nou

Messi is about to launch a foul in a completely empty Camp Nou
Jordi Cotrina

It’s over. Or not. Waiting for a voice the of Lionel Messi, this June 30 ends his relationship with the FC Barcelona. The dreaded moment has arrived. Officially, the captain of Barça is free in the market, although he was tacitly so for six months, when the period in which players who end their contract and clubs that are interested in them began to negotiate began.

Perhaps it is also the awaited moment of Messi if it is necessary to be guided by him desire to leave that you expressed in August 2020 through a burofax. After a season without Barça having added more than a minor title, the Copa del Rey, Messi has shown no more signs of wanting to leave the club. Nor is it known that any club, lurking, has negotiated a super contract with him. No one has enough money in times of pandemic hardship.

Leo Messi, in the act of the inauguration of Laporta Reuters

Since December 14, 2000

Today ends a story that began on December 14, 2000 (almost 21 years old) when two representatives of Barça (Carles Rexach and Josep Maria Minguella) made a commitment to Schedule Gaggioli, then representative of the Messi family, to sign that promising 13-year-old Argentine boy. The end point points to what will be one period in a row.

But there are no symptoms of concern in the Camp Nou offices, even though Messi no longer belongs to the team. Messi has not left or is leaving. Although there is no role that will retain him at Barça. The club is aware of the captain’s will to continue. The delay is due, according to sources from the entity, to the drafting of the contract. In addition, the footballer is in Argentina, in the concentration of the national team, playing the Copa América.

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Messi drives the ball during Argentina-Bolivia EFE

The salary limit

All the previous contracts of the Argentine star were already complicated, and it is even more so now, when the terms of the end of his career and the margins of his future link to the entity will be established. In addition, the amounts suffer a reduction, which always makes a pact difficult, and the periodization in time of the token save the salary limit that LaLiga has set for FC Barcelona, ​​Javier Tebas, the president of the club’s employers’ association, already warned.

To register Messi, Barça will have to make a significant reduction in the salary bill“Tebas assured last week. The club, for now, has only been able to get rid of Matheus Fernandes and Konrad de la Fuente, from the subsidiary, and has managed to transfer Jean-Clair Todibo (to Nice, for 8.5 million), and De la Fuente (to Olympique de Marseille for 3). On the other hand, he has signed three players at zero cost (Sergio Agüero and Èric Garcia, from Manchester City and Memphis Depay from Olympique de Lyon) and has invested 9 in Emerson Royal to buy the part of the federative rights of Betis.

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