Barcelona in troubles: What are the obstacles, and what salary should Messi earn to continue in Catalonia

By Alexis Almosnino

Barcelona in troubles: What are the obstacles, and what salary should Messi earn to continue in Catalonia

Messi can only be registered for 2021-22 season if Barcelona reduce wage bill, warns La Liga president Tebas

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The top Spanish League president, Javier Tebas, assures that the Blaugrana will have to "restructure their debt" to retain the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, Lionel Messi. In this sense, he warned that the Argentine can only register for the 2021-22 season if Barcelona reduces his salary expenditure.

That is why Messi's future continues to be the subject of much debate as he nears the end of his current contract with the Blaugrana. The Catalan giants announced debts of more than a billion euros (858 million pounds / 1.2 billion dollars) in January amid lost revenue for the day due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Thebes says they will need to cut costs. salary across the team so Messi can be eligible for selection next quarter.

Messi's current four-year contract at the Camp Nou has earned him a total of 555 million euros  (674 million dollars), but Tebas insists that Barcelona cannot continue to invest so much in talent of the 33-year-old without making sacrifices in other areas. . "Barcelona has exceeded its salary limit," Tebas said. "I hope they can stay with Messi, but to do so, they will have to make cuts elsewhere. "We are not going to make Barcelona's wage bill more flexible. We are not going to change the rules. We are not going to change any rules for Messi."

Tebas continued to criticize Barcelona for not having taken the same precautions that Real Madrid took in the first months of the pandemic to avoid the financial crisis they are now trying to overcome. "The seriousness of the situation depends on the resources they are capable of generating," he added. "Barça has to restructure its debt. If it succeeds, the situation will not be serious. "But they have pushed their salary spending to the limit.

And when football has coughed, or rather, a lung has been punctured, they have not wanted to absorb that loss of income. They must take action. "Of the 700 million euros lost, in La Liga, half goes to Barcelona. There are other big clubs that have made a greater effort to avoid it. Real Madrid have made a commendable effort so that their losses are not the same like Barça, which takes the trophy for defeats ”, concluded.


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