The Spanish League stood in the ranks of Barcelona, against its
Argentine star, Lionel Messi, noting in an official statement that
the value of the player’s contract termination is 700 million euros,
as previously announced by the Catalan club.
The association said, on Sunday, that the only way for the veteran
striker to leave the Catalan club is to pay the 700 million euros
in the penalty clause stipulated in his contract with Barcelona.
The association added in a statement: “According to the laws in
force, the League will not agree to any request to dispense with
any player registered with the Spanish Football Federation except
by paying the penalty clause stipulated in the player’s contract.”
The association’s statement comes with a source in Barcelona
confirming that the Argentine star Lionel Messi did not attend a
medical examination with his club Barcelona before the start of
the new football season, Sunday.
Last Tuesday, Messi suddenly announced his desire to leave the
Catalan club less than two weeks before the start of the new season.
Reuters pictures showed the arrival of the players to undergo a
corona examination on Sunday morning, while Messi, who was
expected to arrive at the Barcelona training center at 10:15 am
local time, did not appear.
Messi’s lawyers earlier referred to a clause in a contract signed
by the Argentine star in 2017 that allows him to leave the club
for free, but if he asks for it before the tenth of June.
They stressed that this clause is usually applied at the end of the
season, but the season was postponed and extended to August
due to the Corona pandemic.