FC Barcelona are trying to balance their books, but it turns out that the club has another financial responsibility that they need to fulfill. As it turns out, former captain Lionel Messi is still owed million 39 million as part of a “loyalty bonus” even though he has now left the club.
Messi became a free agent on June 30, and by Tuesday, he had officially signed for Paris Saint-Germain. He and the Catalan club claimed they wanted to continue their relationship, but Barcelona’s failure to comply with La Liga Centenary’s financial rules made it impossible for them to maintain Argentine services.
However, according to a report in a Spanish publication. Almando, Barcelona should have paid Messi a ائل 39 million loyalty bonus in July. This is the second installment of the bonus signed by Josep Maria Bartomeu in Messi’s previous contract with the club.
Details of Messi’s final deal with the Catalan giant were leaked back in January, and the bonus clause was part of the deal. The loyalty bonus is similar to that given to Neymar Jr., who found himself embroiled in a legal battle with Blagharana for several years after leaving Camp Nou.
In Neymar’s case, a settlement was reached last month, in which the club paid an undisclosed amount to cover any arrears that he still owes to Brazil. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
President Juan Laporta is under pressure to raise funds and reduce his wage bill for the coming season. Sporting director Matteo Al-Yamani is working hard to remove players from his roster without any success. He is still unable to register all his new signatures this summer, and Barcelona are running out of time to cope with their financial crisis.