Lionel Messi Will Have to Take Pay Cut to Extend His Contract With Barcelona – Barca’s Presidential Candidate

Lionel Messi Will Have to Take Pay Cut to Extend His Contract With Barcelona – Barca’s Presidential Candidate

Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa has warned that Lionel Messi will have to take a pay cut to extend his current contract.

Speculation over Messi’s future has been raging since his decision to hand in a transfer request following Barca’s humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner was subsequently linked with the likes of Inter, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain as he sought to trigger the unique release clause in his contract which allows him to leave Camp Nou for nothing at the end of each season.

Barca are reportedly over £700 million ($921m) in debt at the moment, and are planning to take steps to reduce their £1 billion ($1.3bn) wage bill in order to balance the books amid the coronavirus crisis.

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