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Barcelona President Joan Laporta reveals why Lionel Messi was let go

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Lionel Messi leaves Barcelona

Yesterday, Barcelona released news that Barcelona will not be home to Lionel Messi for the next season, which sent shock waves across the football world.

Laporta speaks to the world

This morning the Barcelona club president went on TV to address the situation, stating that it was the financial regulations that were preventing the club from signing their best player to a new contract.

He began:

“I’m here to explain the situation”

“The maximum salary is 110% of the club’s total income, and we have no wage margin. The rules and regulations of the Spanish La Liga are governed by FFP.

“The losses are much higher than we expected, we are spending a lot more than we expected and the current contracts mean that we have that high salary maximum and we have no margin.”

Then he revealed he was forced to choose between a long-term television deal that would tie them to La Liga for 50 years or Lionel Messi’s renewal.

“To ensure that fair play, Barca had to agree to an operation that would affect the club in terms of television rights for the next 50 years.”

“We decided that we need to get to this point in the negotiations because there are objective reasons for the club’s economic situation and investing on this scale with Messi’s contract was risky.

Barcelona President Joan Laporta reveals why Lionel Messi was sacked

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 07: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on March 07, 2020 in Barcelona, ​​Spain, has achieved. (Photo by Alex Caparros / Getty Images)

We all wanted to take on these risks on the board of directors, but when we realized the actual situation of the club after the audit, this would put the club at great risk. “

“There is also risk when we terminate current contracts and the only way we could get that salary margin at the moment was to accept this operation (the TV deal), an operation which we do not think is interesting for Barca . “

Laporta continued to stress that it was not the negotiations between Messi and the club that failed, saying:

“Leo wanted to stay at Barca, we wanted him to stay.”

“That was a key factor, he wanted to stay”.

“We have to stick to the rules. We think they could be more flexible, but that’s no excuse, we knew the rules. “

“We couldn’t keep it because of the previous regime.”

“I am sad, but I am convinced that we did the best for Football Club Barcelona.”

“I hope we can cope with this situation. Now begins a new era “

Laporta was then asked if the situation could be overturned, to which he replied:

“I don’t want to raise false hopes and in the course of negotiations we learned that the player had other offers. There was a time limit for us because the league is about to start and for them because he needs some time. ”

We were there for two months and went through different phases. The first agreement was for two years to be paid over five years, and Leo agreed to that. He was always present and tried to make it easy for us. “

“Then we agreed on a five-year contract, which Leo also accepted, although we were thinking of two more years.”

“Two years at Barca is what we all wished for. We wanted the post-Messi era to begin in two years. But given the circumstances, we had to move that forward.

“We all wanted to enjoy his talent, his magic, but at the moment it can’t be”

“Barca go over players, coaches and presidents.”

Barcelona President Joan Laporta reveals why Lionel Messi was sacked

BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 07: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona lifts his sixth Ballon d’Or before the league match between FC Barcelona and RCD Mallorca at Camp Nou on December 07, 2019 in Barcelona, ​​Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros / Getty Images)

Finally, Laporta discussed the club’s finances and revealed the salary limits the club currently has:

“The ratio we have at the salary limit is 4: 1. So to bring in 25 million, we had to release 100 million, that’s a lot of players and a lot of cut.”

“We have agreements with some players, we work together with others”.

“We may have to make other decisions, but they are not a guarantee of anything.”

“It seemed that with fair play, La Liga would be more flexible”

“We thought we would get more flexibility, but it was extremely difficult, but we knew the situation”

Since Messi is apparently unable to return to Barcelona unless there is massive sales, where could he end up?

[Quotes taken from Barca TV]

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