“Still failed to survive even after changing presidents.”
1NEWS – Long before Lionel Messi decided to move to Paris Saint-Germain, La Pulga was very serious about leaving Barcelona. This was revealed about a year ago when Messi was caught sending documents via burofax (a kind of fax service provided by the Spanish post office, Correos) to the then President of Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu.
On 24 August 2020, Messi and his side explained to Bartomeu and his board members. The Argentine superstar plans to move away from Camp Nou soon, and if necessary on the 30th of that month.
Messi urged Barcelona to activate his release clause which would allow him to become a free agent.
Reporting from Mundo Deportivo, with great sincerity Messi wrote, “Dear Mr Bartomeu,” Then in the next sentence he wrote. “I hereby, and in accordance with the provisions of clause 3.1 of the contract dated 25 November 2017, I hereby express my desire to terminate my employment contract as a professional footballer with effect from 30 August 2020.”
Not forgetting that Messi also mentioned the pandemic, which Barcelona will consciously use as an excuse to hinder his wishes. “I understand that the period of the right to unilaterally terminate without cause as regulated in the article mentioned above must be interpreted according to the extraordinary circumstances, where the 2019/2020 football competition season has taken place, due to the force majeure situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Due to these extraordinary circumstances, the 2019/2020 season ended yesterday, without prejudice to the fact that for our team this ending happened on 15 August, when we returned to Barcelona after being knocked out of the Champions League on the night of 14 August.”
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“However, within 10 days after the end of the competitive season, and thereby meeting the agreed deadline to implement clause 3.1 mentioned above, pursuant to the material contract of our agreement, which shall be construed in accordance with the exceptions to the circumstances of the 2019/20 season, I exercise my right to terminate the contract which is effective as of August 30, 2020, with the consequences set out in the provisions of 3.1 above.”
“Respectfully, Lionel Andres Messi.” close Messi.
However, in the end, Barcelona did not take it as a serious matter and refused to let Messi leave the club.
Messi, whose contract expires one year later on 30 June 2021, was expecting a change in club management and that came a few months later, when Joan Laporta replaced Bartomeu as Barcelona president.
However, Barcelona’s precarious financial situation means Laporta and his team are unable to keep Messi, even though the 34-year-old is willing to accept a 50 per cent pay cut.
Then, on August 5, 2021, Barcelona issued a statement confirming that they could not keep Messi and comply with La Liga’s salary limit rules. Five days later, Messi’s move to PSG was announced to the public.