Lionel Messi seems certain to finish his profession with Barcelona amid reviews that the six-time Ballon d’Or profitable star has agreed to take a sizeable pay lower as a way to ink a brand new five-year contract with the cash-strapped Catalan giants, reviews rt.com.
Lower than a 12 months since Messi put European soccer’s elite on excessive alert after saying his want to go away Barcelona, the Argentina icon seems to have accomplished a really public about-face by agreeing phrases to the brand new contract which is able to tie him to the Camp Nou for the subsequent 5 seasons – a deal that can reportedly see his annual wage nosedive by as a lot as 50 p.c, based on a reviews.
Messi’s earlier Barcelona deal expired on June 30, which means that the world’s most high-profile participant was free to debate phrases with a bunch of different European golf equipment, with each Manchester Metropolis and Paris Saint-Germain thought to have been greater than all for securing his companies.
The re-election of Joan Laporta as Barcelona president earlier this 12 months is assumed to have been essential in Messi’s determination to stay with the membership, with Laporta’s marketing campaign largely constructed on a platform of convincing the membership’s report scorer to increase his 20-year keep.
Nevertheless, the state of affairs was a extra sophisticated one than merely coaxing an settlement from Messi. Barcelona have vital debt which has been blamed on the monetary affect of the COVID-19 pandemic, though a few of the gargantuan contracts handed out to a prolonged listing of underperforming stars has additionally performed a hand within the membership’s monetary woes.
Such was the state of Barcelona’s monetary affairs that LaLiga chief Javier Tebas had threatened to forbid Barcelona from registering new contracts – probably together with Messi’s – until some sizeable cuts have been made elsewhere of their price range to adjust to the Spanish league’s monetary truthful play pointers.
It’s thought that pay discount will go a way to assist lowering Barcelona’s debt, however additional cuts are anticipated to undergo earlier than LaLiga agrees to the registration of Messi and different new signings resembling Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay and Emerson Royal.
A number of of Barcelona’s prime earners, resembling Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Miralem Pjanic are understood to be obtainable for switch as Barcelona look to scale back their wage invoice as a way to fall consistent with LaLiga’s monetary necessities.