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The speculation about the future of Lionel Messi is growing. He has reportedly expressed a desire to leave Barcelona this summer. This is possible through a clause.
Messi’s contract in Barcelona currently runs until June 2021, also known as next year. Transfer market Mancatat, the last time he signed a contract extension, was on November 25, 2017.
At the time of Lionel Messi’s contract renewal in 2017, Barcelona also contained a fantastic buyout / release clause of 700 million euros, or around 12 trillion rupees.
In other words, if a club makes an offer of that face value, Barcelona are obliged to accept the interested party and give them permission to continue negotiating with Messi.
The value of the release clause itself is Barcelona’s response following the loss of Neymar, who was released after being cashed in by Paris Saint-Germain for € 222mn. Before the revision of his new contract, Messi’s release clause was € 300 million.
The figure of 700 million euros is exorbitant. However, as reported by a number of sources, including Spanish media outlets like Mundo Deportivo and Marca, Lionel Messi has special rights through a clause. When activated, he can terminate his contract with Barca.
That is exactly what Lionel Messi wants to activate at this point in time. Messi’s facsimile document aimed at Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu has been widely circulated on social media and the internet.
The letter reads something like this in the first paragraphs: “I am Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini and I am requesting termination of the employment contract I now have at the club, under Clause No. 24, which gives me that power.”
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It is the 24th clause in the facsimile that refers to Lionel Messi’s special right to unilaterally terminate his contract in Barcelona.
This facsimile mentions Lionel Messi’s arms clause to leave Barca. Photo: Internet
According to the news, there are also conditions that accompany if Messi wants to activate this clause. The first is that he is 32 years old. The Argentine megastar is currently 33 years old.
Also, and it is still controversial, it is Messi himself who wants to leave and who has to report it to Barcelona at the end of the season.
On the “end of the season” aspect, Lionel Messi felt that the request to leave was compliant. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA has postponed the end of the 2019/2020 season to August 2020.
On the other hand, Barcelona are still referring to the deal Messi signed in 2017. In other words, the “end of the season” falls in June. This means that the Blaugrana believed that Lionel Messi’s request for Clause No. 24 had expired at “the end of this season”.
Another rumor was that various interpretations of the “end of the season” in Lionel Messi’s contract clause were ready to be tried by Barcelona. If it were, it could set a bad precedent for Barcelona and Messi, given how identical the two parties are. Even if they are willing to compromise, the middle way is to find interested clubs willing to invest at least € 222m in Lionel Messi, for example when Barcelona let Neymar go.
(krs / aff)