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“Messi is leaving but there is no salary margin and I am not going to mortgage the Barcelona” – Joan Laporta



The president of Barcelona Joan Laporta on Friday confirmed that Messi is leaving the club and his leaving will not mortgage the club.

The top manager of the Catalan entity, gave details of what happened: “Leo is not happy, we all intended for him to stay. I don’t want to generate hope: he has other proposals and needs time to evaluate them ”

FC Barcelona confirmed that it did not reach an agreement with its captain Lionel Messi and that therefore the Argentine footballer will not continue to be a club player.

Although the footballer had been released after the end of the 2020/21 season, he was still negotiating with the institution to renew.

In an extensive press conference at the Auditori 1899 on Friday, President Joan Laporta said “I am here to explain the situation with Leo Messi. First of all, I wanted to say that we have received a dire inheritance.

That has made the club, the wage bill, represents 110% of the club’s income . We have no salary margin . La Liga regulations go through a financial fair play that sets limitations .

We have no margin ”, he declared as soon as he appeared at the lectern of the place. The top manager of Blaugrana acknowledged that the entity does not have salary space to adapt to the regulationsof the entity that regulates the tournament.

He warned that “the numbers seemed better” and that this left the club with “such a higher wage bill.”

Laporta was clear in relation to the obstacle that La Liga imposed on this financial fair play: “ We couldn’t get the first contract agreed with Leo Messi .

To have this fair play, Barça had to mortgage the club for half a century part of the club’s audiovisual rights. And I’m not willing to do that for anyone. ” The message was related to the agreement to inject 2.7 billion euros into the clubs after a deal with the CVC fund .

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