List of Lionel Messi’s reported demands from 2020 to sign new Barcelona contract revealed

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After analyzing a series of emails and documents, Spanish outlet El Mundo have published a detailed report on the demands Lionel Messi allegedly made to Barcelona in the summer of 2020.

After enjoying a trophy-laden 17 seasons with the Barcelona senior team, Lionel Messi left as a free agent when his contract expired in the summer of 2021. According to the assistant manager of El Mundo, Esteban Urreiztieta, Messi sat down with Barca to discuss his summer 2020 renewal but his demands put the club off.

Revealing how his team got their hands on the emails and documents exchanged between then-Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu and Lionel Messi’s camp, Urreiztieta said (via Cope):

“We had access to thousands of emails. The Mossos overturned their devices with what is called the “BarçaGate” and we had access to all the material on which the police intervened.

Messi reportedly asked Barcelona to give him a €10m signing bonus, restore his salary to pre-pandemic levels and give him 3% interest on deferred wages. He also wanted his €700m release clause to be replaced with a meager €10,000 clause which would have made it easier for him to leave Barcelona. Finally, he demanded a free private box at Camp Nou for himself and his friend Luis Suarez, and a private jet so he could visit his family in Argentina over Christmas.

Urreiztieta added:

“We were talking about a clean contract of 75 million euros per season, in what was the most important contract signed in world sport.

Bartomeu didn’t give in to Lionel Messi’s astronomical contract renewal demands but the Argentine left the club a year later anyway.

Joan Laporta was confident of keeping Lionel Messi at Barcelona ahead of presidential elections

In March 2021, Joan Laporta replaced Bartomeu as the Catalan club’s president. Although he has other merits, his presidential campaign was mainly driven by the promises he made about Messi’s future. Laporta claimed he has a great relationship with the Argentine, and only he has a chance to keep him at Camp Nou.

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He had said during a debate (via Bleacher Report):

“I’m sure if someone else wins the election [other than me]Messi will not stay at the club.

“I have a good relationship with him; there is a lot of respect.

Of course, Laporta failed to keep Messi at Barca, but the president did well to bounce back. Laporta have created a formidable team that looks capable of fighting on all fronts this season.

Edited by Sushan Chakraborty

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