BARCELONA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi might depart Barcelona with no switch payment if Catalonia ceded from Spain and the membership didn’t compete in any of Europe’s high 4 leagues, El Mundo mentioned on Friday, citing a clause in his new contract.
Barca’s all-time high scorer signed the contract in November, seven months earlier than his outdated deal expired. It runs till June 2021 and accommodates a 700 million euro ($843 million) buy-out clause.
But in response to the Spanish day by day, it will additionally enable the five-times world participant of the yr to go away the membership the place he has spent his whole profession free of charge if Catalonia’s independence push resulted in Barca exiting Spain’s high flight and never becoming a member of both the Premier League, the Bundesliga or Serie A.
A Barca spokesman declined to remark straight on the report however added: “In the interests of confidentiality the club never comment on contracts signed with players and never will.”
Messi’s administration group couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
The political disaster triggered by Catalonia’s independence drive stays unresolved after separatists gained a slim parliamentary majority in a regional election final month.
Argentinian Messi’s newest contract was signed on Nov. 25, earlier than that vote however after an autumn referendum on independence that authorities in Madrid declared unlawful, dissolving the area’s political establishments after they ratified it.
The referendum had direct ramifications for Barcelona who, on the day that it was held, selected to play their La Liga recreation in opposition to Las Palmas behind closed doorways in response to police violence in opposition to would-be voters.
The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, has repeatedly mentioned Barcelona could be booted out of the Spanish league together with all different Catalan golf equipment in the occasion of independence, as solely groups from Spain and Andorra are legally entitled to compete in the Spanish leagues.
Barca, who’ve gained 24 Liga titles and lead this season’s standings by 9 factors, mentioned after the referendum they’d not speculate on the long run.
However, they had been “not planning for any other scenario than playing in the Spanish league. The club is competing in this competition and wants to win it.”
Reporting by Richard Martin; modifying by John Stonestreet