Messi could leave Barcelona for free post-Catalan independence
Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona without a transfer fee if Catalonia secedes from Spain and the club does not compete in any of Europe’s top four leagues, Spanish newspaper El Mundo has reported, citing a clause in his new contract.
The Argentinian signed the contract in November, seven months before his old deal expired. It runs until June 2021 and contains a ¤700 million buy-out clause.
But according to the Spanish paper it would also allow the five-times world player of the year to leave the club where he has spent his entire career for free if Catalonia’s independence push resulted in Barcelona leaving La Liga and not joining the Premier League, the Bundesliga or Serie A.
A Barca spokesman said: “In the interests of confidentiality the club never comments on contracts signed with players and never will.”
Messi’s management team could not be reached for comment. – Guardian