Could Lionel Messi have continued his legendary career at FC Barcelona last August? It was the Catalan management who decided not to have him sign a new contract …
Have we lied to supporters of FC Barcelona during the official departure of Lionel Messi, last August 6? The six-time Ballon d’Or, after his very first Copa América crown with Argentina, imagined signing a new contract with the Blaugranas, cutting his salary by half (from 60 to 30 million euros per year) . But president Joan Laporta then explained that the club was blocked by La Liga rules regarding payrolls.
However, two months later, we understand that the brutal end of the history of “La Pulga” at the Blaugranas has been decided by the management of the club. José Guerra, the head of economic control of La Liga, who took stock of the financial difficulties of Spanish clubs on Wednesday, assured: ” Barca had the resources to keep Messi. I think the club’s decision was not only based on economic issues, but other things must have weighed in the balance ».
At the time, Laporta assured that the club had ” no margin on wages », Which is more or less true, since the FCB had difficulty in registering Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia, before the salary cut granted by Gerard Piqué. But, strangely enough, Ronald Koeman, already little in tune with his leaders, said he was waiting for a last recruit, a center forward, before August 31. What he has never obtained.
“It was a poisoned gift”
A few days ago, it was Barça’s economic vice-president, Eduard Romeu, who confessed that the non-extension of Leo Messi was dictated by the club’s difficulties (and not the refusal of the Spanish League). ” It was an operation that we could not afford as a club, it did not fit into the economic structure. It was a poisoned gift that we recommended not to accept He explained.
Without any guarantee of sporting results, Barça made the choice to turn the glorious Messi page. Especially since the left-handed genius was expensive, very expensive and would have continued to undermine the finances of the Barcelona club. The Messi clan had imagined a 50% salary cut but for two seasons as a player and then two more years as an FCB ambassador. Laporta should have managed this financial hole until 2025.