Lionel Messi’s father, Jorge Messi, is holding a meeting today with Barcelona‘s board of directors, Barcelona’s initial offer to renew Lionel Messi’s contract
headed by Josep Maria Bartomeu,
to discuss his son’s departure from the team amid major crises following Barcelona and Bayern Munich’s 8-2 Champions League match,
which ended 8-2 for the Bavarian team and caused many problems in Barcelona’s inner corridors.
Lionel Messi asked to leave in a fax sent to FC Barcelona,
and from that day he was absent from the team’s benefits under Dutch coach Ronald Koeman.
Messi asked Barcelona to activate the clause in his contract,
which allows him to leave for free without having to pay for the penalty clause of 700 million euros.
The La Liga league confirmed in a statement that payment of the penalty clause is still necessary for Messi’s departure from the team.
With Jorge Messi arriving in Barcelona, the next 24 to 48 hours are expected to be crucial in determining the destination of Messi,
who is widely regarded as one of the best players in the history of football.
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Barça is expected to present his official offer of renewal to Lionel Messi during the session,
amid Bartomeu’s assurances in more than one context that the club will only discuss the renewal file,
and other assurances from sporting director Ramón Plans, that no hope of renewal will be lost for the Argentine flea.
The official offer from Barcelona will be a two-year contract until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar,
and the club will be open to any negotiations on other contractual terms, both personal and practical.
But Messi seems to insist on leaving for the time being, and he aspires to do so without having to pay for the penalty clause,
and Messi’s father will put on the table Messi’s requests for free departure.
The player is confident of his legal position on the expiry of the Penalty clause,
amid insistence from Barcelona and La Liga that this requirement will remain in force.