Messi's labyrinth

The player did not appear to pass the PCR tests, but the unknowns as to why he acts like this and the possible exits, with their legal consequences, are numerous.


Among the sports journalists who cover the information of Barcelona, a union joke is being institutionalized in which when they greet each other they always begin with the phrase "not one afternoon of (put any day of the week) quiet". And the fact is that the Messi case offers constant script twists since it exploded with the shipment of the most famous burofax in the world last Tuesday in which the Argentine requested his immediate departure from Barça at zero cost.

Since then, bewilderment has run rampant. From the player's initial intention to leave for free, he went on to agree to an exit in which Barça seemed to resign themselves to giving up the player who changed late on Saturday when Bartomeu, who on Thursday offered his head in exchange for Messi will stay, be raised now and say that he will only meet with Messi to renew him and that he does not plan to negotiate a reduction, or a transfer with players in exchange: or 700 million clause or nothing. There is also confusion about his possible destinations or the reasons that lead him to adopt this measure when he would be free on June 30. Faced with all these questions, we will try to order answers.

How does not showing up for the tests today affect the situation? .

Through his lawyers, Messi informed Barcelona that he had no intention of showing up today in the morning at the appointment called by the club for the entire squad to pass the corresponding PCR tests prior to starting training with Koeman tomorrow, Monday, and so it was, no sign of the Argentine. This new burofax returns hostilities at the beginning. The attempts of rapprochement by both parties on Friday and Saturday when it came to agreeing a friendly exit are boycotted by a gesture, which although it seemed the most logical given the situation, will sit very badly for the fans and will be taken advantage of by the board. Internally, an absence is considered a minor offense, the second, which will occur on Monday when they are not going to train either, will already lead to a serious offense and a file will be opened to be financially sanctioned according to their salary.

Are the club's legal arguments much more solid?

From the club the conviction that Messi has been wrong is such that an authorized source from the Blaugrana entity commented to this newspaper that "legally, Messi is dead." The player's contract specifies that he could unilaterally disassociate himself from the entity as long as he communicates "before June 10, that is, 20 days before the end of the 19-20 season." FIFA decreed the extension of the season because of the pandemic, one of the arguments that Messi's legal representatives cling to to defend their position, but Barça believes that there too they have all the aces in their favor. They assure from the entity that "the season ended on August 23 with the dispute of the Champions League final, so Messi should have notified it on August 3 and not after the final." Here, from Messi's surroundings, reference is made to the fact that they communicated their intention to speak within the agreed deadlines.

Was the burofax a blunder that turns against him?

The burofax is a common method in the world of Spanish football to communicate contractual decisions, but that does not mean that the forms used by the player have been fatal in Barcelona. From the environment of the player they defend that before the burofax exhausted the communication channels. At Barça, on the other hand, they feel that they received a stab from the player and that things should have been done differently. This way of acting, no matter how regulatory, has not done Messi any favors. Even his strongest supporters among the Catalans spoil the gesture even though they understand his reasons for leaving.

Did you err in announcing your goodbye without having a closed deal with City?

Messi did not have a closed deal with City or any other team when he made the decision. At most, he had communicated to Guardiola his illusion to land again under his orders. From there, Guardiola transferred that request to Ferran Soriano, CEO of the City Group, who was unexpectedly involved in the work of designing an economic strategy to face a gigantic operation. City, like PSG or other teams were waiting for their contract to expire next year.

Will another entity risk paying what a judge fixes?

No way. All the teams that may have the intention of incorporating Messi, with City at the helm, want to do so in a friendly way with Barça in a closed operation that does not end up in court. Beyond a question of loyalty and seriousness between clubs there is an obvious economic reason. Messi would obtain the transfer, because FIFA prioritizes the right to play, but the case would remain pending the decision of a judge who would issue a sentence in two or three years. And in the resolution of the same, it could condemn the team that took it for free to pay what it determined, which could perfectly be the clause of 700 million. A tremendous economic blow that, in anticipation of an unfavorable sentence, they should supply from the first year just in case.

Does Messi put the season prior to the World Cup in Qatar in danger?

It seems impossible that Messi will not be playing next season. If he leaves in a bad way without a pending agreement of what a judge dictates, FIFA will grant him the transfer pending the resolution of the conflict through ordinary judicial channels. If he left through a transfer there would be no problem and if he stayed at Barça, which seems unlikely but not ruled out, it would be normal for it to be one more of and not happen like with Schuster, who spent a year in the stands.

Was this conflict worth ten months after being free?

This is the key question. The 2-8 acted as a fuze for a series of frustrations and misunderstandings of Messi with the current board for which the player has not been able to hold out any longer and needs a change of scenery and close a stage ignoring that the most sensible thing was probably to wait for that your contract expires. And more, in an electoral year in which he knows that Bartomeu will not continue.

How will the fans react to their idol?

In a club in which nobody seems to agree on anything and in which they are all factions, Messi had managed to be the only point of unanimity, but that has already been broken. It has gone from 100% in favor of Leo to sectors that begin to see him with bad eyes, disappointed by the treatment that Messi gives to the entity that goes beyond Bartomeu. The clamorous silence of the player doesn't help either. It still has the majority, but decreasing.

Will it fit into Koeman's project if it continues?

Definitely. In the meeting held a week ago before the storm broke, the coach reiterated that he was going to be the pillar on which he was going to build the team and that he was going to lead the renewal of an injured team. In the same way the president expressed it in a message after 2-8.

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