The conflict between Lionel Messi and Barça will be played on a hard line. This Sunday morning, Lionel Messi was expected at 10:15 am at the Barça sports center located in Sant Joan Despi, on the outskirts of Barcelona. The Argentine, summoned at the same time as his teammate and friend Luis Suarez, did not show up, unlike the Uruguayan, indicates the daily Marca.
A decision which confirms his intention to activate the termination clause of his contract. This allowed him to leave free, provided he was activated before June 10. The player believes that the delay of the end of the season by several months because of the coronavirus crisis moves the expiry of this part of his contract accordingly. He therefore considers himself free, when Barça believes that his clause of 700 million euros prevails. Several Spanish media, supported by Messi’s lawyers, assure today that this release clause, yet almost systematically placed in contracts in Spain, does not exist, adding to the confusion.
La Liga reinforces Barça
And faced with this contractual vagueness, La Liga took a stand this Sunday in a statement, indicating that the Argentinian’s contract with Barcelona was still in force, as the club claims. “Regarding the different interpretations published in recent days in various media, about the contractual situation of player Lionel Andrés Messi with FC Barcelona, La Liga considers it appropriate to clarify […] that this contract is currently in force and has a “release clause” applicable, as soon as Lionel Andrés Messi decides to proceed with the unilateral termination of it. “
“In application of this law […], continues the proceedings, La Liga will not terminate the license (prior to his transfer) of the player as long as he has not paid the amount of this clause. “Messi could not therefore leave the club without paying the entire release clause of 700 million euros according to La Liga, information subsequently contradicted by our colleagues from L’Equipe, who ensure that a clause in his contract allows the Pulga to leave Barça for free.
Contacts with PSG players
The absence of Messi at the city Joan Gamper confirms that at the resumption of training scheduled for Monday. Failure to test for the coronavirus would prevent him from participating in activities with his teammates anyway.
Lionel Messi’s decision to confirm in fact the contractual procedure implemented now opens two possibilities, while Manchester City are the big favorites to welcome him if his departure is confirmed, despite contacts with players from PSG.
If Messi thinks he can sign freely at a club, La Liga has clearly disowned him. If he persists, that would open a procedure to obtain an international certificate of temporary transfer, as the specialized lawyer Jean-Jacques Bertrand explained to us. It is then up to Fifa to settle the dispute. Barça can also get used to the idea of a departure and negotiate a classic transfer with a potential buyer, if the six-fold Golden Ball decides to definitely put an end to his Barcelona era.