Contract Runs To 2021
Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona on a free transfer next summer under the terms of his contract with the La Liga side
Spanish newspaper El Pais has revealed that Messi’s contract extension signed in 2017 added a clause enabling him to leave for nothing on 30 June 2020.
Messi, 32, has a release clause of €700 million in the contract.
Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo adds some meat to the story.
It claims that following the exits of Xavi and Andres Iniesta who left Barca for clubs in Qatar and Japan respectively the club added the clause to Messi’s deal enabling to leave for a club in a league of a lesser standard than Spain.
Given La Liga’s position at the top of Uefa’s league rankings it’s difficult to know which competitions this rules in or rules out. One could expect a move to the Premier League is out of the question but there is no clarification as to where exactly he could move to.
The leagues in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, China, Japan and North America are fast becoming the ‘go to’ places for players at the end of their careers.
The Madrid-based newspaper Marca claims Messi can negotiate with foreign clubs from 1 January 2020 although that sounds as though it reinforces the clause allowing him to leave next summer.