Messi and Barcelona to face court over agreement clause
Could anyone have imagined that such a sweet relationship could turn into such bitterness? Argentine forward Lionel Messi’s current contract with Barcelona is valid until June 30, 2021. There is a special condition in this agreement – if he wants, he can leave New Camp for free at the end of each season. However, in order for the conditions to be met, the club authorities have to announce their decision before a certain time to the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
On Tuesday, Messi informed the Barcelona authorities that he wanted to leave the club via Burofax (certified letter). The 33-year-old star wants to leave the club for free by enforcing that special clause of the contract. However, the British media BBC reported Messi and Barcelona could have to face court over an agreement clause. Rumors are also circulating in the Spanish media that the matter could be taken to court.
Messi has asked permission to leave the club without any hassle and without any transfer fee. Under the terms of the current contract, the Argentine forward has the opportunity to leave the club as a free agent at the end of each season. However, as a rule, this clause is only applicable 20 days before the end of the season. In other words, this opportunity has ended since the end of May.
But due to the current situation, August is nearing the end of the season. The new season has not started. As a result, Messi wants to go as a free agent by showing this argument. But Barca wants to follow the previous clause. In other words, if you want to go to Messi, you have to pay 600 million of the release clause. Their argument is that the agreement, which is valid until 2021, has already come into force. With this, there is a possibility of a legal battle now.
Messi’s strong argument is that there is a condition in the contract to make a decision at the end of the season. Barca and FIFA are obliged to abide by the terms of the agreement, which states that the end of the final match means the end of the season. But Barca is not willing to accept this argument. They have been calculating since that particular date to stop Messi. Meanwhile, in response to the documents sent by Messi, Barcelona also sent a letter to Messi, where it is expected that he will end his career at Camp Nouveau.