Private plane, VIP box for him and Suarez and 10 million bonus: What Messi asked from Barcelona in 2020

The parting with Lionel Messi in the summer of 2021 and the crisis with the negotiation of his new contract before that was the beginning of the real revolution in Barcelona. This led to a change of president, a review of the financial strategy and a return to the roots with the appointment of a figure like Xavi at the head of the team.

The Argentine legend has spent almost his entire career at Camp Nou, and is expected to return to Catalonia in some form after his on-field career is over.

With Barca, Messi won absolutely everything possible, but in the end their separation was inevitable. The club was reeling from a financial crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic and could not fulfill even half of Leo’s demands.

The two parties were negotiating to renew the contract as early as the summer of 2020, but no agreement was reached. So, a year later, Messi left Camp Nou after an emotional farewell ceremony and moved to Paris Saint-Germain.

now”“Mundo Deportivo” revealed what conditions Messi has set before the management of Barcelona in 2020 in order to sign a new contract.

The club had to pay for a private jet to fly the Messi family from Barcelona to Argentina and back over the Christmas holidays.

In addition, Messi also requested a separate VIP area at Camp Nou for his family and that of Luis Suarez, who eventually left Barca that same summer to join Atletico Madrid.

The Argentine has asked for a ten million euro signing bonus for the new contract, as well as the ability to leave Barcelona whenever he wants, against a symbolic buyout clause of ten thousand euros.

The publication refers to email correspondence between Messi’s father Jorge, who is also his agent, the Argentinian’s lawyers and then Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

According to this correspondence Bartomeu has accepted most of the demands, but not the reduction of Leo’s buyout price from 700 million to ten thousand euros. The president has also proposed that the payment of the signing bonus of ten million euros be postponed until Barcelona restores its financial position.

The failure to reach an agreement led to Messi handing in a transfer request. Then the Argentine’s agents proposed a new scheme – a three-year contract with very strict conditions.

According to the new agreement, Messi agrees to a 20% pay cut for the 2020/21 season due to the Covid crisis, but in 2021/22 his pay must go up by 10% and in 2022/23 by a further 10%. plus an additional 3% interest rate within the last two seasons to compensate for the player’s losses during the first.

However, a new contract was never signed. After a difficult first campaign at PSG, Messi is now back to his best form and has six goals and eight assists in the first 11 games in all competitions.

The Catalan newspaper adds that it has also obtained interesting information about Messi, concerning figures such as Gerard Pique and Neymar, which it will publish in the coming days.


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