I Couldn’t Put Barcelona At Risk: Laporta Defends Messi’s Exit

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President of FC Barcelona Joan Laporta holds a press convention on the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 6, 2021, to clarify Lionel Messi’s exit. Soccer star Lionel Messi will depart FC Barcelona after discussions for a brand new contract failed as a consequence of “financial and structural obstacles”.
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Barcelona’s negotiations with Lionel Messi are over and the striker is contemplating different gives, the membership’s president Joan Laporta mentioned on Friday.

Laporta mentioned in a press convention he was not ready “to put the club at risk” by renewing Messi’s contract, with Barca going through large monetary issues forward of the beginning of La Liga.

“Yesterday we realised it was over. I had the last conversation with Leo’s father,” mentioned Laporta.

“I do not want to give false hope. The player has other offers and there is a time limit because La Liga starts soon and he needs time to assess his other options.”

Messi reached an settlement with Barcelona to signal a reported five-year contract however with the trade-off that he would earn 50 per cent much less per 12 months.

But La Liga’s monetary truthful play guidelines, that are anticipated to scale back Barca’s wage restrict to lower than 200 million euros this season, led Laporta to conclude they had been unable to finish the deal.

“We could not accommodate Messi’s contract,” mentioned Laporta, who was re-elected as membership president in March.

 

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“The scenario we’ve got inherited is abominable and the sports activities wage invoice represents 110 per cent of the membership’s earnings. We don’t have any margin for salaries.

“La Liga’s rules set limitations and we have no margin. We knew the situation since we arrived but the numbers we have seen are even worse than we thought.”

 

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A person holds a banner claiming in opposition to the president of the Liga, Javier Tebas and the French soccer membership PSG in entrance of the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 6, 2021.
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Barcelona have whole money owed of just about 1.2 billion euros, with greater than half of that needing to be repaid within the quick time period.

Expensive signings like Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho, costing round 300 million euros mixed, have did not ship.

La Liga introduced a take care of American non-public fairness agency CVC earlier this week that agreed to promote 10 per cent of the enterprise for 50 years, in trade for a right away injection of two.7 billion euros. Clubs in Spain’s prime two divisions would obtain 90 per cent of the funds.

Laporta mentioned Barca may have registered Messi by agreeing to the deal however insisted it was a threat he was not ready to take.

“We were not prepared to put the club at risk in this way,” mentioned Laporta. “Barça needed to be in favour of a contract that may mortgage our tv rights for half a century.

“I am not willing to mortgage the club for anyone. We have an institution that is above everyone, even the best player in the world.”

Laporta mentioned he felt “sadness and disappointment” however that he “did everything possible” to maintain Messi, who joined Barcelona aged 13 and went on to attain 672 targets in 778 appearances for the membership.

The 34-year-old gained La Liga 10 occasions and the Champions League 4 occasions. He can also be a six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or and is extensively thought-about to be the best participant of all time.

“There is a before and after Leo,” Laporta mentioned. “Leo Messi has been an icon and has left some historic moments. We have eternal gratitude to him.”

-AFP

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