La Liga side with Barcelona and insist Lionel Messi still under contract. They won’t release the player from his contract to comply with those rules.
LaLiga have released an official statement on Lionel Messi’s contract situation with FC Barcelona.
The league have sided with Barça and claim that, according to them, Messi remains under contract and can only be freed from the said deal if someone deposits the €700m buyout clause.
This is LaLiga’s statement:
“In relation to the different interpretations printed over the last few days across various media platforms in regards to Lionel Andres Messi’s contractual situation at FC Barcelona, LaLiga would like to clarify their position after reviewing the contract:
1) The contract is currently in vigour and has a buyout clause applicable should Lionel Andres Messi decide to end his association with the club ahead of time, as related to Article 16 of the Real Decreto 1006/1985, which was created to regulate the working conditions of professional athletes.
2) In order to comply with those rules, LaLiga won’t release the player from his contract if the previously mentioned clause isn’t paid.
Credit: Sport English