The Argentinian Leo Messinow a French PSG player, asked to recover with interest (3%) the salary cuts imposed by the pandemicreceive a bonus of 10 million for the renewal or reduce its termination clause to 10,000 euros for renew in 2020 his contract with the Barcelonaaccording to some emails revealed by the newspaper ‘El Mundo’.
Among the demands to renew for three years with the possibility by Messi of “a unilateral extension“, They also include the admission of a 20% reduction in the fixed salary for the 2020-21 season, which would be recovered in the following two years with annual interest of 3%.
In the emails exchanged between the former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the father of and representative of Leo Messi, Jorge; and the lawyers of the Argentine, who publishes ‘El Mundo’, also request the payment of the “loyalty bonus pending collection with interest”.
Other requests are the provision of a box at the Camp Nou for the families of Messi and Luis Suárez; the payment of a private flight at Christmas for the family from Messi to Argentina; or the increase in remuneration in the event of a rise in taxes. The obligation to renew his assistant, Pepe Costa, is also included; or the signing of a commitment to pay Rodrigo Messi, Messi’s brother, the commissions owed.
At that time (2020), Messi had a contract with €74.9 million and after different negotiations, the possibility of renewing vanished. It was later when the player sent, in August 2020, a burofax requesting the release letter from the club.
The Argentine left the Barça club the following season and signed for the French PSG, despite the interest of the current president, Joan Laporta, to redirect the situation.