Lionel Messi has been linked with a move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain since FC Barcelona confirmed last week that he will not be able to continue playing for him. However, PSG are now facing a complaint lodged against them by Barcelona fans and asked the European Commission to review the club’s financial and spending habits.
Clearly trying to stop Argentina, one of their biggest European rivals, Barcelona fans are saying that the PSG is working outside the FP rules. Coincidentally, similar rules enacted by La Liga Santander have prevented Barcelona from ratifying the extension of Messi’s contract.
According to the Spanish publication. BrandThe complaint against PSG is “based on financial facts.” The same complaint asks the League 1 organization not to consider signing Macy on the basis of the salary structure they already have.
“The PSG ratio is worse than Barcelona in terms of financial fair play,” the statement said. It was written by Dr. Juan Branco, and was reportedly submitted to the Court of Appeal by Barcelona club members. The PSG had already been cleared of FFP violations, so appeal
The statement added that in 2019/20, 99% of PSG’s revenue was used for salaries, compared to 54% for Barcelona.
The state-owned PSG, which is owned by the Emir of Qatar in the Middle East, is enjoying sponsorship proceeds from state-owned companies, including Qatar Airways. However, their income streams have so far proved to be legal, although complainants believe they are taking unfair advantage over other European rivals.
FC Barcelona, one of the most valuable clubs in the world, could not renew Messi’s contract as his salary would keep him 10% higher than the salary imposed by La Liga. Messi had already agreed to a 50 per cent pay cut to be able to live, but the club’s declining income during the epidemic did not allow him to spend more on wages.
Meanwhile, PSG already has more earners like Neymar Jr. and Killian Mbabane on their list. He also signed with former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos this summer, along with Gianluigi Donaruma, Achraf Hakimi and Giorgione Vignaldom.