Lionel Messi

Jorge Messi tells La Liga that €700m clause has expired and that his son is free to leave

Reports over the last few days suggestion that Lionel Messi could stay at Barcelona, but the Blaugrana are now back to fighting against his exit

2:10pm on Friday 4th September 2020
Martin Macdonald

Lionel Messi's father and agent Jorge Messi has sent a letter to La Liga president Javier Tebas informing that the €700m release clause which would need to be triggered for his son to leave Barcelona is "not applicable".

Last Tuesday, Messi announced his intention to leave Barcelona by sending a fax to the club requesting that his contract be terminated, allowing him to leave for free to another team.

Barca, and then La Liga, subsequently insisted that Messi would only be allowed to leave should his release clause be met.


Chelsea need to give Werner 'six months' to adapt to the Premier League

Griezmann on Messi saga: 'It's between him and the club'

What Hazard will really cost Real Madrid

Alexis Sanchez wanted to leave Man Utd after first day

However, Jorge Messi, quoting directly from his son's contract, informed the Spanish footballing authority that the clause was no longer in place.

"This compensation will not apply when the resolution of the contract, by the unilateral decision of the player, takes effect from the end of the 2019-20 sporting season," he quoted, with reference to the €700m.

He then commented on the contract details, saying, "It's obvious that the compensation of €700m... does not apply at all."

Messi previously had another clause in his current deal allowing him to leave for free which was believed to have expired in May.

But, Messi's camp argue that this clause remains as the season was extended due to the coronavirus.

Should the Argentine superstar leave eventually, Manchester City and Inter are leading the pack to claim his signature.

Messi is keen to avoid an undignified exit from the club he has been with for 20 years since the age of 13, which is why Jorge Messi met Barca officials on Thursday before indicating that there was a possibility that his son could stay for another year.

However, this latest revelation pushes Messi further towards the exit at the Camp Nou.

Latest news


Dele Alli's Tottenham future in doubt with PSG interested in loan

Jose Mourinho refused to rule out that the attacking midfielder could leave the club before the end of the window

  • 1 hour

The handball law is ruining football - teams and players need to stand against it

The regression in the regulations are among the most frustrating things in the modern game, but it's unlikely there will be a u-turn

  • 3 hours
Player Rating

Heung-Min Son: Player Rating & Performance v Southampton

The brilliant Korean single-handedly turned the contest around and battered a home defence that made it all too easy

  • 4 hours

Diogo Jota gives Liverpool's front three something to think about

The arrival of the Portuguese forward gives the Reds' depth and means that the first choice forwards have competition

  • 4 hours

Liverpool: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain £30m target for Wolves

The English midfielder has moved even further down the Reds' pecking order and a move seems certain for the Ox

  • 5 hours
Player Rating

Angel Gomes: Former Man Utd youngster shines on Boavista debut

The tricky winger was deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford but has made a bright start to life in Portugal

  • 8 hours

Most read

Other interesting players

  1. image description Lionel Messi W (R), F (C)
    Barcelona 99
  2. Liverpool 93
  3. image description Willian W (RL)
    Arsenal 86
  4. image description Bernardo Silva W (R), M (C)
    Man City 84
  5. Sevilla FC 83
  6. image description Rodrygo W (RL)
    Real Madrid 81
  7. Feyenoord 78
  8. image description Douglas Costa W (R), AM (L)
    Juventus 74
  9. image description Suso W (R), AM (C)
    Sevilla FC 74