Messi had to take a season off to leave Barca for free

After Man City was not interested in spending money to buy Lionel Messi, Barca captain’s door to leave Camp Nou was significantly narrowed.

The source of ESPN said that the only way for Lionel Messi to legally transfer from Barca in the summer of 2020 is to commit not to play football for any team during the 2020-2021 season.

Do everything to leave Barca, but Messi is gradually at a disadvantage

According to legal experts, the unilateral contract termination clause that Messi mentioned in the fax sent to Barca on August 25 can be understood in many ways. If the two parties do not negotiate and find a common voice, they can only use legal arbitration in court.

Last weekend, La Liga representatives said that they had approached the contract signed between Messi and Barca in 2017. La Liga leaders confirmed that the contract break fee worth $ 830 million (equivalent to 700 million euros) is still valid.

At the same time, he emphasized that he will not issue a transfer permit to Messi if the fee is not paid in full, or the owner of the Camp Nou has not agreed to let the captain leave.

Being the one who actively suggested to leave, but Messi was gradually in a weak position. In addition to being stripped of his privileges by Barca and not giving in to the transfer issue, the 33-year-old striker was also turned around by Man City.

Previously, Messi have just invited Neymar to move to Man City in the summer of 2020. However, due to financial pressure, Guardiola’s team was only able to pick him up for free, instead of activating a financial package totaling $ 300 million.

According to arguments from Barca and La Liga, Messi is still on the payroll of the Catalonia team, instead of a free player as he thought. Failure to test for coronavirus and the scheduled assembly on August 31 could cost the Argentine superstar a fine of more than a million dollars.

Messi and the legal team are still trying to find a way to leave Barca, based on the term of being free to leave the club at the end of each season. But Barca said this term expired in June 2020.

Parallel to the request for an extension, Barca made more tough moves. The Catalonia team is composing a letter to reply to Messi’s fax and announced that he did not attend the training trip before the 2020-2021 season. They also asked Messi to review the offer to leave Barca or continue to contribute to the team.