Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has struck a record deal to join Manchester City, but Barcelona are doing their best to prevent the transfer from happening.
According to Record Sport, Argentinean Messi has agreed financial terms for a five-year contract totaling € 700 million (£ 623 million).
That amount is £ 14,200 an hour, £ 341,000 a day, £ 2.4 million a week and a whopping £ 10.4 million a month.
Lionel Messi’s decision to leave Barcelona for Manchester City will be confirmed by a fabulous contract, which will strengthen the status of the multiple winner of the Ballon d’Or as the highest paid person in the history of the sport, British media write.
According to them, Messi has already agreed on the financial terms that he will receive for five years of work at City Football Group, which owns Manchester City. Messi will spend three years in the English Premier League, and will play for another two years in the MLS for New York City, which is in orbit of the same City Football Group.
On August 25, Messi told Barcelona that he plans to leave the team. The club explained that Messi’s statement has no legal basis, since he could take the opportunity to terminate the contract unilaterally only until May 30.
Messi’s contract with Barcelona expires in the summer of 2021. The Argentinean’s contract stipulates compensation in the amount of € 700 million.
At the same time, Manchester City realizes that it will be difficult to close the deal due to Barça’s reluctance to sell the player and the high transfer amount. But the English club hopes that the Catalans will concede and agree to let Messi go at a reasonable price, given his desire to leave.
But can Messi cross over now? Barça lawyers are doing everything to prevent this transfer from taking place, because the situation is really controversial. Since 2017, the Messiah has a clause in the contract according to which he can leave for free in any off-season, if he officially declares his intention to do so within 20 days after the end of each season of the League. That is, in theory, he should have written a letter of resignation back in June, but due to the pandemic, the season dragged on and Messiah sent a fax to the club only at the end of August.
At the same time, the Spanish league responded very vaguely that “the contract is currently in force and contains an exemption clause that will apply if Lionel Andres Messi decides to activate an early unilateral termination of the contract.”
How this case will end and what decision the court will make remains to be seen, because there is also a possibility that the best football player in the world will not be able to enter the field for some time.