Barcelona’s efforts to re-sign Lionel Messi have been hampered by La Liga pay restrictions, according to club president Joan Laporta.
Messi has made it clear that he wants to continue his career at the Nou Camp. However, due to Financial Fair Play requirements, the transaction is taking longer than expected. According to Laporta (via Telegraph India),
“It’s going well; he wants to stay, and we’re doing everything we can to make it happen.” However, we must strike a balance with regard to financial fairness. There are a lot of possibilities, and we’re trying to figure out which one is best for all sides. But we want him (Lionel Messi) to stay, and he wants to stay as well, so we want to give him as much time as we can.”
In 2013, La Liga enacted a salary rule that set a limit on the amount of money a club can spend on the salaries of its players and personnel. Barcelona currently has the biggest pay cost in La Liga, at €347 million, which is half of what it was before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Barcelona is still unable to afford Lionel Messi’s new contract despite practically halving their pay. The previous contract for the 34-year-old was worth more than €500 million.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta remains confident Lionel Messi will stay with the club despite the fact the forward’s contract expired on Wednesday.— Sky Sports (@SkySports) July 1, 2021