In all this time, thousands of fans of the Barcelona consider that those who directed their club could have done more to retain Leo Messi; However, this could change radically, after the newspaper El Mundo brings to light a list of millionaire and even ridiculous demands that the Argentine requested to sign a contract extension in 2020.
Among other things, the ‘Flea’ requested a bonus of 10 million euros just for stamping his signature, in addition to recovering the salary cuts that the Blaugrana institution had imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). It is not all, because ‘Leo’ planned to place a clause that would allow him to leave at the time he wanted for a clause of just 10 thousand euros.
The player requests were not only for him, as Luis Suárez also appeared in the folder. And it is that the Barça gunner had requested an exclusive plaque for his family and that of his Uruguayan partner. As if that were not enough, he also required a private plane to transport him and his relatives during the Christmas holidays.
El Mundo has also revealed that Messi was very aware of the movements of the Treasury, so he asked Barcelona that if the taxes on athletes are raised, the club itself is responsible for paying them.
These negotiations would have started on June 11, 2020, when the star’s legal representatives requested a new contract for the next three seasons. In it, the 20% salary reduction due to the pandemic was accepted, but with the condition of recovering the first half in the 2021-2022 season and the second in the 2022-2023 academic year. Of course, with 3% annual interest.
According to the documentation released by said means of communication, Josep Maria Bartomeu, at that time president of the club, had accepted all the conditions required by both Messi and his parents and representative, Jorge Messi. The only thing he disagreed with was reducing the termination clause from 700 million to 10,000 euros.
Finally, after arduous talks, both parties did not reach an agreement. The relationship ended up breaking down and the ’10’ of the Argentine team ended up saying goodbye to the club through the famous burofax and later signed for Paris Saint-Germain.
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