Friday, 5 January 2018

Messi Imposes Clause To Leave Barca For Free If Catalan Gain Independence

Leo Messi has included a clause in his contract which would allow him to leave Barcelona on a free transfer if Catalonia gain independence, according to shock reports from Spain.
The Argentine superstar signed a new lucrative contract in November to make him the world’s highest-paid footballer, but the tense political situation in Catalonia may cause an exit in the future.

Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo's front page for Friday reveals that Messi would only remain at the club if it were part of either the Spanish, French, English or German league system.

The contract of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner states that he can break with his agreement and his €700 million(N296 billion)  release clause if the Catalonia independence causes Barca to be in a league exclusively for Catalan clubs.

And that could mean clubs from France, Germany, Italy, England and France could all snap up Messi for free should Catalonia gain independence.

A scenario of a Catalan-only league will also affect other contracts at the club, because such an extreme change would make the agreements go void.

According to current Spanish law, Barcelona would automatically be excluded from La Liga in the event of independence.

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