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The presidential candidate for Barcelona was shocked to admit that the team could not compete with PSG in the fight to keep Messi.
Barcelona has been going through a turbulent year with a series of unhappy events. The Covid-19 pandemic put the team’s financial situation in jeopardy, president Josep Bartomeu had to resign soon, and superstar Messi wanted to go to find a new stop.
Until now, Leo Messi has not renewed his contract with Barcelona despite being in the final year of the contract signed in 2020. This means that the Argentine superstar can freely negotiate to find a berth. new park when the winter transfer market opens in January.
Currently, PSG and Man City are the two clubs pursuing this deal and the representative from France holds a great opportunity. They own a large enough salary fund to pay Messi and use the Neymar card to convince the Barcelona captain.
Recently, the candidate for the upcoming president of Barcelona, Agusti Benedito, admitted that the Catalunya team is inferior to other competitors in keeping Messi due to financial problems. That is not in dispute. He knew he wanted to leave last summer and the decision to stay for now is only temporary.
Therefore, the first thing Barcelona needs to do is make Messi change his mind because if we have to compete financially to keep his signature, the result will be very catastrophic. When he learned that Neymar was trying to persuade Messi to join PSG, he had to say that Barcelona would lose.
PSG is owned by oligarchs from the Middle East so money is no problem for them. If PSG pays Messi, he cannot afford it. He hopes Messi will celebrate his love with the club for the past 20 years and say that he stays.
Previously, another candidate for the presidency in Barcelona announced that Messi had to reduce his salary to £ 500,000 / week to renew his contract. However, the Argentine superstar is the decider in this deal. Go or stay completely subordinated to Leo Messi.
Former Barca midfielder Rivaldo does not believe the old team can retain Lionel Messi after the current season.
“Messi has received better offers from other clubs. I don’t know what the Barca leader will do to convince him to give in,” Rivaldo told Betfair.
The contract between Messi and Barca will expire in the summer of 2021. The owner of the six Golden Balls said, he is not in a hurry to negotiate with any club until he becomes a free player. However, Messi’s door to Man City became bright when Pep Guardiola agreed to extend it until the summer of 2023.
At the end of August 2020, Messi sent a burofax to his leader, offering to leave Barca. The striker believes he has rights, as a clause in a 2017 contract allows the Argentine superstar to unilaterally terminate the contract. However, Barca is determined not to compromise. Due to concerns that the case could lead to legal battles, Messi agreed to stay 10 days after expressing his request to leave.
Despite making internal confusion, Messi continued to be used. He helped Barca win three matches in the Champions League group stage. In La Liga, the Catalonia team ranked eighth, nine points behind Real Sociedad.
Besides the performance factor, the fact that Barca has to cut the salary fund, according to Rivaldo, will also be a factor in Messi’s departure. . It shows that signing a new contract with Lionel Messi will be very difficult, by affecting the annual salary increase for him “.
On Saturday evening, November 21, Barca was a guest of Atletico, in the context of the Madrid team without Messi’s best friend – Luis Suarez, who had just acquired Covid-19. We all know the quality of Suarez. With leaving the Camp Nou as though outcast, he will have a lot of motivation to punish him,” Rivaldo said. punish the old club and show the leaders of Barca wrong. Without Suarez it is a big loss for Atletico “.
The defending champions continue a series of bad matches, losing 0-2 to Granada in Round 5 of La Liga.
Goals: Azeez 2 ‘, Vadillo 66’ penalty.
After returning to play in the Borussia Dortmund draw in the Champions League on midweek, as most of the betting sites predicted, Lionel Messi once again started on the bench. Because his physical strength has not fully recovered, he has not been able to play at his peak. However, the absence caused more damage to Jordi Alba, the left-back stopped playing due to an injury.
When he first started playing Alba, rookie Junior Firpo had a disastrous debut with two mistakes in the first 63 seconds. After passing Firpo, Antonio Puertas freely penetrated the penalty area to make a sinking. After the ball hit Gerard Pique’s foot and changed direction past goalkeeper Ter Stegen, Ramon Azeez appeared to head on an open goal to open the scoring for Granada.
As stunned after the first goal, Barca were powerless in giving an “answer”. The attack, including Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Carles Perez, did not perform as expected by the fans. They controlled the ball and pressed the field, but failed to make a single goal goal in the first half. The only situation that caught Barca’s attention was Suarez’s free-kick that hit the fence.
Granada crafts are also part of the reason that Barca plays down. By defending based on mass, discipline and effective space control, the home team succeeded in neutralizing the opponent’s tactics.
Aware of the difficulties, coach Ernesto Valverde threw Messi and prodigy Ansu Fati into the field from the beginning of the second half. However, the boost did not help Barca. Having retired from the beginning of July, Messi lost the image of the player who scored more than 50 goals last season. He could do nothing but force goalkeeper Rui Silva to make the first save.
Fati also did not contribute much, besides the stirring phase on the left wing. If more experience, the 16-year-old striker may have created more danger from the effort to cross the penalty area.
Barca’s early discouragement was also caused by the fact that Granada had a goal to set the victory from 66 minutes. Having the opportunity on the 11m mark, Alvaro Vadillo tricked goalkeeper Ter Stegen to double the gap.