Barcelona president justifies Messi’s failure to sign a new contract, and an Argentine club invites him to wear his shirt like Maradona
Today, Thursday, Barcelona president Joan Laporta tried to justify the expiration of the contract of captain Lionel Messi – yesterday, Wednesday – without signing a new contract with him, while Messi flirted with his former Argentine club and welcomed him after the expiration of his contract with Barcelona, to follow the example of the late Argentine legend Diego Maradona.
Laporta said that attempts to extend Messi’s contract have been delayed due to financial oversight measures from the Spanish Football League.
Messi – who joined Barcelona at the age of 13 in September 2000 – with the Spanish giant expired yesterday, June 30, and despite Laporta’s talk that the club’s historical scorer wants to stay; He stressed that the club’s attempts to extend the contract must comply with the requirements of the association.
“Things are going well. He wants to stay and we are making every effort to ensure that happens. But this must be balanced with financial fair play,” Laporta told Spanish radio “ONDA CERO” today, Thursday.
“There are a lot of options and we’re doing it in the best interests of all parties, but we want him to continue and he wants that. We want to give him the best competitive squad we can.”
The history of football is called Newell's Old Boys. 🔴⚫️
Happy birthday, Leo. 🐐🔟
— Newell's Old Boys (@NewellsEnglish) June 24, 2021
The Spanish League imposed financial control measures in 2013, and the maximum amount that can be spent on squad players and coaching staff each season is determined by the club’s income.
Barcelona has the largest revenue in the world of football, according to the Deloitte Foundation, despite the fact that it declined by 125 million euros last year (2020) due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the beginning of the 2019-2020 season, Barcelona obtained the approval of the League for a budget of a maximum of 1.47 billion euros, and the figure was reduced to 733 million euros last season, and it is expected to decline further after a full season without ticket revenue and the stagnation of the transfer market.
On the other hand, the Argentine club Noel Old Boys – to whom Messi played in his childhood before moving to Barcelona – took advantage of the expiry of the Blaugrana captain’s contract with his club yesterday, Wednesday, and welcomed him among its ranks.
Noel Old Boys wrote – in a message he sent to Messi via Twitter – “Hello Leo, are you there? In Argentina we are on the 1st of July (without risk no gain)”.
Noel Old Boys’ comment was accompanied by a picture of Messi wearing the team’s shirt.
It's all about number 🔟.
— Newell's Old Boys (@NewellsEnglish) November 29, 2020
This photo was taken of Messi while he was participating in the farewell to the legend Diego Maradona, who played for Noel Old Boys in the 1993-1994 season.
Source : agencies