Skip to content
Advertisements

Messi imposes clause to leave for free if Catalan independence affects Barcelona

While Barcelona fans had reason to sleep easy when Lionel Messi finally put pen to paper on a new contract in November, it appears that there is a caveat to consider.

Given the volatile political situation in Catalonia, it is being reported that the Argentine has planned an exit route if all goes pear shaped for the Blaugrana.

Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo’s front page for Friday reveals that Messi would only remain at the club if it were part of either the Spanish, French, English or German league system.

Naturally, remaining in LaLiga would be the realistic option for Barcelona given the legal and practical issues in integrating to a distant competition.

However the agreement also allows Messi to renege on his 700 million euro release clause should that not happen, and depart for free.

Barcelona are said to believe this to be a given and consider it a gesture of commitment by Messi, who became the world’s highest paid player when renewing following protracted negotiations.

That said, the scenario in which the club enter a Catalan-only league is also thought to affect the club’s other contracts even if no specific clause is laid down, given that such a drastic change may effectively render agreements null and void.

Advertisements

Raymond Palmar View All

Associate at Juicy Links. Attended Delta State University, DELSU. Lives in Lagos

Be the first to comment on this

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: