Messi gives two reasons why he won’t be leaving Barcelona, blasts president Bartomeu and more

After starting his transfer saga by handing in a transfer request late last month, the Argentine has himself ended the talk of him leaving the club.    

One of the major reasons Lionel Messi won’t be leaving Barcelona this summer is because he doesn’t want to ‘start a legal war’ with the club, the Argentine told Goal in an interview.

The 33-year-old forward was on the cusp of leaving the Camp Nou outfit after handing in a transfer request late last month. Messi and his camp felt that he was entitled to leave on a free transfer due to an exit clause in the contract the forward signed with Barca in 2017.

Josep Mario Bartomeu and other Barca higher-ups felt that the clause, which allowed Messi to leave on a free, expired in June this year. They along with La Liga were therefore of the opinion that the Argentine could only leave Barca if any club paid his €700m price in full.

And Messi pointed to that stance by Bartomeu as his second major reason of staying put at the Camp Nou outfit for another campaign, stating in the interview that ‘it is impossible’ for any club willing to sign him to pay his €700m release clause.

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The Argentine reluctantly stayed put at the Camp Nou this summer (Image Copyright: imago images / pool photo)

Top News 2: Messi blasts Josep Mario Bartomeu in the interview

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After explaining his decision to stay at Barcelona, the Argentine then went on to take Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu to task.

Lionel Messi has stated in the aforementioned interview that the management of Football club Barcelona led by president Josep Maria Bartomeu ‘is a disaster’.

The Argentine took his criticism of Barca higher-ups one step ahead by stating that ‘there is no project’ at the Camp Nou outfit. Messi further insinuated that the club’s bigwigs are reactive rather than proactive and that they ‘plug holes as and when things happen’.

Such criticism coming from one of the best players in the club’s history is not good news for Bartomeu who is once again standing for president in next March’s elections. The Spanish lawyer’s reputation is already in tatters over the way he handled the whole Messi saga.

He might have thought that he could repair his reputation among the SOCIOS by convincing/forcing Messi to stay but the Argentine forward’s interview has told Barca fans where he thinks the fault with the club lies – right at the very top.


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Top News 3: Messi set to receive €63m loyalty bonus for staying at Barcelona

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Messi tried in vain to leave Barcelona in the summer (Image Copyright: imago images / ActionPictures)

While he might be staying put at the Catalan giants against his wishes, the Argentine would still be rewarded handsomely.

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol has claimed Lionel Messi will receive a loyalty bonus of €63m for staying at Barcelona for the 2020/21 campaign.

Ligalive had reported last month that the Argentine’s four year contract which he signed with Barca in 2017 sees him take home €71m in fixed income. The 33-year-old earns another €29m in lieu of image rights and another things.

Throw into the mix the €63m loyalty bonus that will be coming into his bank account, and it gets easy to see why the Argentine, despite his relatively reduced following on social media, only earned $1m less than Cristiano Ronaldo last year.

Ronaldo took home $105m between June 2019 and May 2020 to become the world’s highest-paid footballer. The Portuguese, however, wasn’t far ahead of Messi whose Barca contract and various off-the-field projects saw the Argentine make 104m before taxes in the same period.

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