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We let Messi go to avoid wasting the membership–Barcelona president


Soccer Soccer – FC Barcelona Press Convention – 1899 Auditorium, Barcelona, Spain – August 6, 2021 FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta throughout the press convention REUTERS/Albert Gea

BARCELONA—Barcelona was pressured to let Argentina celebrity Lionel Messi depart the membership as a result of his wage calls for would have jeopardized the membership’s future, President Joan Laporta stated on Friday.

The membership and Messi had each wished to signal a brand new contract however the Argentine’s deal would have taken salaries to 110% of the membership’s earnings, a financially dangerous transfer given the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Laporta stated.

“The membership is above all the pieces – even above the very best participant on the planet,” Laporta advised a information convention.

With out Messi’s wages, salaries would account for 95% of Barcelona’s earnings, he stated.

“Final season will finish with double the losses that we predicted – over 400 million (euros),” he added.

Laporta stated salaries ought to ideally account for 65%-70% of the membership’s earnings, “so there’s nonetheless plenty of work to be finished.”

Messi has been on the membership for all of his taking part in profession, but Barcelona introduced on Thursday that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner would depart after 18 years.

Laporta advised a information convention the membership and Messi had each wished to signal a brand new contract, nonetheless.

“We reached settlement however couldn’t formalize it, due to the membership’s financial scenario, which implies we will’t register the participant as a consequence of wage limits,” he stated.

Barca’s all-time prime scorer and look maker technically ended his 21-year affiliation with the membership on the finish of June and is at the moment a free agent after his earlier contract expired.

Messi’s final contract, signed in 2017, was essentially the most profitable in world sport in accordance with a January report in newspaper El Mundo. Forbes has listed him because the athlete with the world’s second-highest earnings in 2021, at $130 million.

“To instantly finish like this if you thought he was already contracted once more… It’s actually unhappy, actually actually unhappy,” stated 36-year-old scholar and Barca fan Jose Rivero earlier, standing on the road within the Catalan capital.

Laporta stated the membership had lined up two new offers with Messi, firstly a two-year deal made payable over 5, after which a separate five-year deal.

However he stated that they have been unable to get both deal finished due to La Liga’s Monetary Honest Play (FFP) guidelines, and that he was not keen to conform to the league’s proposed non-public fairness funding from CVC solely with a view to safe Messi’s future.

“With a view to meet FFP, Barca needed to conform to an operation, basically re-mortgaging the membership, which might have an effect on us for the subsequent 50 years by way of TV rights, and I needed to make the choice.”

Laporta stated that the coronavirus-impacted 2020-21 season’s monetary losses could be double what had been anticipated.

“We have to transfer on. We gained’t simply attempt to meet FFP standards by placing the membership in danger for the subsequent 50 years,” he advised reporters.

The Barca chief lamented the monetary scenario that he had inherited from former membership president Josep Maria Bartomeu, describing it as “far, far worse” than anticipated.

“I don’t need to go on and on concerning the scenario we inherited, and the terrible choices that have been made up to now. We now have gone from unhealthy to worse,” he stated.


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