Mercato: we know why Messi’s extension to Barça in 2020 has flipped

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After 21 years spent at FC Barcelona where he knew everything and won everything, Lionel Messi left his club of hearts last summer to freely join Paris Saint-Germain. But before joining the French capital, the Pulga tried in the summer of 2020 to extend his contract with the Blaugrana club and would have sent, through his lawyer, a detailed list of requests to stay at Barça, according to information. from El Mundo. In the grip of great economic difficulties following the Covid-19 crisis, the Catalan club had not been able to meet the demands of the Argentine star.

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Messi’s 11 demands

  • A contract until 2023 with a possibility of unilateral extension of Lionel Messi

  • A fixed salary with a reduction of 20% of the fixed salary in 2020-21 but a recovery of 10% of the salary in 2021-2022 and another 10% in 2022-2023 with an interest of 3% per year

  • Payment of unpaid loyalty bonuses with interest

  • A dressing room for the families of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez

  • A private Christmas flight for the whole family to Argentina

  • In the event of termination of the contract, the payment of the amounts carried over to the 2020-2021 season plus interest

  • A signature bonus of 10 million euros (to be paid on 06/30/2023)

  • An increase in remuneration in the event of a tax increase

  • The removal of the termination clause, which will be set at a symbolic amount of 10,000 euros

  • Renewing Pepe Costa’s contract to last as long as Lionel Messi’s

  • The signature and commitment of the club to ensure the payment to Rodrigo Messi of the commissions due to him

to summarize

In 2020, Lionel Messi reportedly sent a list of 11 demands to Barca to agree to extend his contract. In the grip of great economic difficulties following the Covid-19 crisis, the Catalan club had not been able to meet the demands of the Argentine star.

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