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Mostbet: There was no way Messi could have stayed at Barcelona?

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Mostbet: Right now, in general, at all. No chance. Not even for free (and by the way, he said in 2010 that he was ready to play soccer without a salary!).

“We really had no problems with Barcelona. The club and I agreed on all the details, there was full understanding, no disagreements,” Messi said at his farewell press conference. I reduced my salary by 50%, and I have not been asked for anything else. Rumors that after that they asked me to give up another 30% of my salary – that is a lie. There was no such thing, it was not true.

I was convinced that I would stay at Barça. But it turned out that it was impossible because of La Liga regulations. We did everything we could, but I couldn’t stay. When I found out about this, I felt as if a bucket of ice water had been poured on me. I’m still trying to get used to that thought.

According to the rules of La Liga, there is a cost ceiling per team, which is determined according to the financial statements of the club. Of course, it depends on the income and expenses, so last season, when soccer was severely hit by the coronavirus, the bar for Barcelona halved to € 347 million, and this season, according to the Spanish media, collapsed by about € 200 million.

It should be taken into account the point that the salaries should not spend more than 70% of income, and even without Messi Barça has 95%. It would not have been possible to register him if he had played for free – La Liga made no concessions and made no exceptions for the club. Barça did not cut the salaries of their star players, and earned very little – €20 million – from the sales, so Barcelona would not have kept Messi even if he had played for free.

Mostbet: And how can PSG draw up his transfer? Does he fit into the FFP?

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It can. First of all, the FFP rules were simplified this season. And Andrea Traverso, UEFA’s director of research and financial stability, admitted in March that the rules should be changed.

“The pandemic has caused a revenue crisis and had a big impact on clubs’ liquidity,” he said. It’s a problem that’s very different from anything we’ve dealt with before. Obviously, clubs are in a tough spot in this situation: it’s hard for them to meet their obligations.

“I think in general the rules always have to evolve. They have to adapt to the context in which clubs operate. The break-even rule as it works now looks backwards: it gives an estimate of the situation in the past [looking at profit and loss over the previous three seasons]. The pandemic represents such a dramatic change that looking at the past becomes meaningless.

“So perhaps the rules should pay more attention to the present and the future, and definitely should pay more attention to the problems associated with high wage levels and the transfer market.

Messi Transfer

Second, Messi’s salary will be much lower than what Barcelona paid him. The information is different so far, but approximately the amount you can imagine: according to The Athletic, Leo will be given signing bonus of € 25 million and the same annual salary, L’Equipe writes about € 40 million a year net, Fabrizio Romano – about € 35 million (after tax), plus bonuses.

Thirdly, this year PSG will finally pay for the transfer of Neymar: the club made annual payments of € 44.4 million. The same applies to Mbappe – for him they paid € 35 million a year. Yes, those costs will be taken into account this season, but next year they will not be, which will make it much easier. Plus PSG, according to the media, plans to sell players for a total of € 180 million (and that’s without the sale of Mbappe) to fit into the FFP.

Fourthly, the club will commercially benefit from Messi’s transfer, at least making good money on the sale of t-shirts. So anything is possible.