Lionel Messi’s salary at Barcelona unsustainable, says presidential candidate


By: Reuters |

December 15, 2020 8:02:00 pm

Lionel Messi agreed to remain at Barcelona to keep away from a authorized dispute with “the club of his life”. (AP)

Lionel Messi’s salary is simply too large for Barcelona attributable to their monetary predicament, presidential candidate Emili Rousaud has stated, including that he needs to maintain the membership’s all-time prime scorer on a lowered contract.

Messi, who sought an exit from Barca within the shut season, has lower than seven months remaining on his cope with the membership the place he has spent his whole profession. He is free to barter with rival golf equipment from January.

Former Barca vice-president Rousaud, who resigned this yr out of protest at how the membership was being run by then chief Josep Maria Bartomeu, stated Messi would settle for a decrease salary if he may very well be satisfied the membership will return to successful methods.

“In the club’s current situation Messi’s salary is not sustainable, so we’ll have to reach an agreement with him. We will present an attractive project to him,” Rousaud instructed Spanish newspaper AS on Tuesday.

“What issues most right here is the sporting undertaking. When Messi stated he was leaving he didn’t point out cash. He has the best salary on the earth, no-one earns greater than him, he doesn’t need to depart as a result of he earns too little.

“He wants to leave because he wants to win trophies. He referred to that recently when he said: “The Champions League is not within our reach.” He desires a staff stuffed with expertise.”

Barca have been ranked because the membership with the largest revenues in European soccer by the 2020 Deloitte Money League however the COVID-19 pandemic has obliterated their funds. Last week the membership introduced they have been delaying salary funds to gamers.

Messi was named the top-earning footballer on the earth by French newspaper L’Equipe earlier this yr, claiming an estimated 8.2 million euros ($9.97 million) per 30 days from Barca.

Rousaud, one in every of many candidates operating within the membership’s presidential election on Jan. 24, additionally stated he needs to call Barca’s renovated Camp Nou stadium after Messi, a transfer he believes will assist entice sponsors.

The election is being held two months sooner than deliberate after Bartomeu resigned in October.

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