In a formal statement published on its website today, Sunday, August 30th, LaLiga said: “Regarding the various interpretations (some contradicting each other) published in recent days in various media, and related to the contractual status of Lionel Messi with Barcelona, LaLiga considers it appropriate to clarify. Matter, by that:
The contract is currently valid and contains a “termination clause” that applies to the situation in which Lionel Andres Messi unilaterally decides the early termination of the contract, in accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1006/1985 of June 26, which regulates the work contracts of professional athletes.
In compliance with the applicable regulations, and following the corresponding procedure in these cases, LaLiga will not carry out pre-visa procedures for a player to be removed from the federation if he has not previously paid the amount of the said item.
It is noteworthy that the clause on unilaterally canceling Messi’s contract includes a penalty clause of 700 million euros, according to Spanish media.
— LaLiga (@LaLiga) August 30, 2020
This decision places all the clubs wishing to include Messi in front of a single choice, which is to fulfill the penalty clause to win the Barcelona star, which is very difficult for most of the big European teams given their financial situation because of the coronavirus pandemic