The bombshell still shakes world football. Barcelona officially reported that Lionel Messi will not remain at the club. Few players are as deeply rooted in a team as the Argentine with the Catalan team. It is true that the recent past had dozens of frictions and attempts to leave the player. But everything seemed to be on track. However, this Thursday the negotiation suffered an unexpected turn. Will it be final? What if Messi still has a chance to stay?
Lionel Messi will not continue in Barcelona: an unexpected turn that impacts world football
The Barcelona communiqué is a clear tool of pressure against Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga. He blames the organization for Messi’s departure. The text says:
“Despite having reached an agreement between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, It cannot be formalized due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish LaLiga regulations).
“Faced with this situation, Lionel Messi will not continue linked to FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of both the player and the Club cannot finally be fulfilled.
“Barça would like to wholeheartedly thank the player for his contribution to the growth of the institution and wish him the best in his personal and professional life.”
Barcelona generates less income than it pays in wages. Accounting records are inflexible. And that would be a violation of financial fair play. The League could impose financial fines and even deduction of points if he fails to comply with the regulations.
Meetings were held between the club and the League to find exceptions to the rule, so that Barcelona can retain Lionel Messi. But the entity that controls the competition was adamant.
A few months ago, Tebas commented: “We are not talking about modifying the regulations so that Messi stays at FC Barcelona. We can not do that. They know the rules and there will be no exception. I speak with Barça about the Messi issue and ask how things are going. They tell me that they have hopes that such a player will leave or that such a player will stay but lowering his salary. That is the only information I have, but of course we are not talking about modifying the regulations so that Messi stays at FC Barcelona ”.
The impact that the departure of Lionel Messi from the League can have on the tournament is incalculable. How much are television rights for a competition with or without Messi?
As the shock wave from the bomb that exploded Barcelona advances on the surface of the ocean, currents continue to move underneath. There are those who believe that not everything is closed. That it is a maneuver by Joan Laporta to give himself one more chance. For the League to reconsider its inflexible stance and give Barcelona an exception with the salary cap imposed by Fair Play.
The pressure game comes at the exact moment in which LaLiga announced an important economic injection for the clubs through an agreement with the CVC international fund, which will add 2.7 billion euros for the competition in exchange for a 10% stake in the commercial business and an account in participation of the future profits obtained with this activity.
According to official information, Barcelona tops the list in the distribution of that money, with 253 million euros, followed by Real Madrid, with 241 million, and Atlético de Madrid, with 181 million.
The novelty would allow the income that Barcelona needs to level its accounts and include Messi within the limits required by the regulations.
But at the same time, Real Madrid protested the business proposed by La Liga. According to reports from the newspapers El Independiente and El Mundo, the merengue group is willing to sue the organization chaired by Tebas because it considers that this investment in exchange for 11% of its profits and a 10% stake in most of its businesses during 40 years is a misappropriation of the assets generated by the Madrid club.
The coronavirus pandemic financially drowned football clubs across Europe and it especially generated an important bloodletting in Spain. In search of economic solutions it was that the main teams They tried to create the European Super League, to manage your own closed tournament. In that format, they would stay until the last crumb of the commercial football cake in the Old Continent.
The political pressure, the demands of the fans and the UEFA management managed to stop the new business. That is why alternatives were used to find capital to save the teams.
CVC Capital Partners is a British venture capital firm with its main headquarters in London and Luxembourg. In recent times he bought his participation in the Six Nations of rugby. Some time ago it absorbed part of the Formula 1 business, in a move that many condemn, because they consider that it recovered 450% of its initial investment and limited the income of the teams.
Real Madrid fears that this reality will be replicated in La Liga. Barcelona needs that fresh money to retain Messi. Although he has officially announced that he will not continue in the club.