It is official Lionel Messi is staying back in Nou Camp. Barcelona has eventually convinced the Argentine to honor his contract.
The Catalan club directors have won over Messi or won the standoff between them and the 33-year-old Argentine, whichever.
Meanwhile, details of what transpired are beginning to come in the open. It does not point to an amicable resolution.
Reports have it that Messi is staying because he has no other option. Details of his contract have it that the Argentine may leave at the end of this season if he doesn’t feel happy any longer at the club. It also states that the Argentine Genius has to inform the club by June 10th, 2020 that he intends to leave.
By the 10th of June, the season should have concluded. So doing, he will not have to pay the 700 million Euro buy-out clause on his contract.
Unfortunately, the COVID 19 enforced break forced the season to drag on till August. Messi held on to the verbal assurances the club president, Bartomeu, gave him.
In an interview broadcast on Friday with “Goal interview,” Messi said he has been told that the only way he can leave is by paying his buy-out clause. He doesn’t expect any club to pay that. At the same time, he is not willing to go to court against the club he loves and belongs to.
Although his lawyers have pointed out that he has a chance to win at the court of law, Messi is not interested.
In the meantime, Messi has promised his commitment to the club, and therein lies the debate. How much focused will Messi be, knowing that he is working with people who betrayed his trust?
On the other hand, Tony Freixa, a candidate in the Barcelona presidential race, has slammed Lionel Messi for the ‘unfortunate’ and ‘disrespectful’ way he has communicated his desire to leave the club.
A lot of bad blood has developed in the two weeks the stand-off lingered. Understandably, Messi is fuming at Bartomeu, the club President for reneging on his words.
Barcelona is keeping a player at their club who no longer wants to be there. The new coach, Koeman, will have to deal with an unhappy player. He has to convince the Argentine, but with one year remaining on Messi’s contract, the last has not been heard about this saga.