Messi’s brutal demands to renew with Barça in 2020



And private box at the Camp Nou for his family and that of Luis Suárez; a private plane flight for the whole family to Argentina at Christmas; and 10 million bonus of euros just for signing; recover the cuts due to the pandemic in the following years with 3% interest; or to be able to leave the Barcelona whenever he wanted through a symbolic clause of 10,000 euros… These are some of the conditions that the footballer Leo Messi imposed in June 2020 to renew his contract, as revealed on Tuesday by the newspaper The world.

Messi’s contract at that time was the largest in the history of sport: the player received 74.9 million euros net per year, in the midst of the devastating social and economic impact caused by Covid. It is what can be seen in the chain of emails between his father and representative, George Messihis lawyers and former president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Barça executive leadership

Let them feel the weight of the sword on their head“, Messi’s father wrote in one of the emails he addressed to Alfonso Nebot, director of the ‘Family office Leo Messi’. Bartomeu came to accept the conditions imposed by the Messi, all except lowering the termination clause of 700 million to 10,000 euros, while making the payment of the 10 million bonus conditional on the club returning to pre-pandemic income. both sides broke off negotiations and the story ended with Messi sending the burofax asking to leave the club.

The negotiation began on June 11, 2020 and, according to The worldthe legal representative of the Messi requested the signing of a new contract with a duration of three seasons although with the possibility of a unilateral extension for the player. admitted a reduction of 20% of the fixed salary in the 2020/21 season, due to the covid, but imposed a 10% recovery in 2021/22 and another 10% in 22/23, with 3% annual interest. Likewise, he claimed the pending collection of the loyalty bonus that was already included in his contract in October 2020 and July 2021, with interest as a higher salary. The same would be applied to deferred amounts at the time of completion of the new contract.

“Spend your entire career at the club”

Months before, on May 4, Bartomeu had addressed the player’s father already advancing a firm “proposal”: “You have known since lunch in November that we want to renew his contract and you told me that you wanted to agree on Leo’s future at a contractual level Currently it ends in June 2021, but the renewal for another year must be agreed upon with a section indicating that each of the following seasons will automatically be renewed if Leo does not say otherwise before April 30, We think it would be a perfect deal for everyone.”

You know that I have always asked you to speak and agree on Leo’s involvement at the club once he decides to retire”, added Bartomeu to Jorge Messi. “Being the best player in the world and spending his entire career at his club is something very positive that shows the greatness of the person towards his colours. I would like to agree on it, but I understand that next year there will be elections and a new president.” Already in that first email, the president advanced to the player’s family: “we will include some paragraph in the contract to coverif in the future there is, a tax rate hike of personal income tax”.

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