Lionel Messi: Barcelona ahead agrees contract extension with 50% pay lower
Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele of FC Barcelona throughout a match towards Sevilla on February 23, 2019
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Lionel Messi has reached a verbal settlement on a five-year contract extension at Barcelona, along with his wage to be lowered by 50% underneath phrases of the brand new deal.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner was formally a free agent as of July 1 after he didn’t agree phrases over a renewal earlier than his earlier Barcelona contract expired on June 30.
Earlier in July, Messi led Argentina to the Copa America title because of a 1-0 win within the remaining towards hosts Brazil, bringing an finish to his look ahead to a primary main worldwide trophy.
The 34-year-old has now agreed to remain on at his boyhood membership for one more 5 years, which means he shall be 39 by the point his new deal runs out – when he could have totaled 26 years on the membership’s books.
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Messi sparked an acrimonious switch row in August final 12 months, when he formally knowledgeable the membership his want to activate a clause in his contract which might have seen him go away totally free.
Nonetheless, La Liga president Javier Tebas and Josep Maria Bartomeu – Barcelona president on the time – blocked the transfer, indicating that the clause was solely lively till June 10 and any suitor must pay his €700m launch clause in full.
“I assumed and we had been certain that I would be a free agent,” Messi instructed Aim.
“The president at all times instructed me that I might determine to remain or go on the finish of the season they usually’re now clinging to the truth that I hadn’t stated something by June 10, when it seems that on June 10 the La Liga season was nonetheless ongoing and we had been within the midst of this virus and this sickness that altered the entire fixture calendar.
“And that is the rationale why I am staying on on the membership. I am now staying as a result of the president instructed me that the one manner I might go away was by paying the €700m launch clause, which is unimaginable.”
Bartomeu went on to resign in October, whereas Messi needed to hearken to the plans of his successor Joan Laporta earlier than deciding his future.
Manchester Metropolis and Paris Saint-Germain have been the front-running golf equipment concerned about signing him. Messi additionally desires to in the future play in MLS.