In November 2017, Lionel Messi signed a two-year contract with Barcelona which was set to expire in the summer of 2021. But the forward wants to leave now in 2020 which is against the preplanned of the contract which still has a year remaining.
The 33-year old has enjoyed a class of treat from the Nou Camp club and his relationship with the club has always been fertile.
Messi broke the silence of his desire to leave Barcelona last week, writing a telegraph to the clubs hierarchy, stating categorically his wish to leave after spending almost two decades with the club.
The response from the Catalan club was not friendly as they insisted that any likely suitor for Messi must comply with the €700m release clause inserted in his contract.
The said release clause was more than double of the previous €300m in his contract which expired in 2017 before he penned the new one.
But how does the Barca star free himself from this standpoint?
The existing contract which Messi is still obliged to held that, “the Argentine star can leave the club for free come the end of 2019/2020 football season if he so wishes”, this was named a ” get-out clause”.
How and why is he not allowed to move?
The clause in the contract stated it’s expiration to be August 10, a date believed to be the kickoff of the 2020/2021 football season.
Due to the global implication of the Coronavirus pandemic, the season itself extended to almost September, hence the clause expired without the season ending.
Now, Messi and his father Jorge are on the viewpoint that Messi should have the benefit of the extended season as other players who were out of contract as at June where given the all-clear by FIFA to negotiate short-term deals in other to see out their seasons.
But Barca insist on the written agreement which they he signed in November 2017.
LaLiga released their statement today, supporting Barcelona that should Messi leave, his €700m release clause must be paid.
Jorge Messi issued a counter claim, saying there’s nothing like €700m release clause in his son’s contract.
Messi has been absent in Barca’s five training sessions, insisting on wanting to leave.
The forward is truly aware of Manchester City’s desire to sign him as a two-year bomber deal awaits him at the Etihad should he win the battle to leave Catalonia.
Meanwhile, Messi’s teammate Ivan Rakitic has retuned to Sevilla, a club he captained before joining Barcelona six years ago.
Longtime friend and teammate Luis Suarez is working on a deal to terminate the remaining one year of his contract to leave the club as well.
So also is Arturo Vidal who is wanted by former boss Antonio Conte at Inter Milan, working on same situation as Suarez.
Barcelona will see the worst record of their transfer season should all these players including Messi leave the Nou camp as it will leave a lasting memory in the minds of the supporters.