Lionel Messi’s father says, ” $700 M Release clause is not valid. Jorge Messi has spoken out in the legal dispute with FC Barcelona and attacked La Liga. In an official letter to La Liga, Messi’s agent clarified that the $700M release clause should no longer apply. But La Liga contradicted him immediately.
For a few days, things had calmed down in the Lionel Messi saga. His father Jorge Messi has been in Barcelona for talks and negotiations since Wednesday. The first meeting with those in charge of FC Barcelona around President Josep Maria Bartomeu is said to have been uneventful, and none of those involved wanted to change their position. Jorge Messi insisted that, “700 million release clause does not exist”
Jorge Messi, who acts as an advisor to Filius, went on the offensive with an official letter. On Friday afternoon, the latter published a signed communiqué in which he questioned the existence of the 700 million exit clause in Messi’s working paper. The letter addressed to La Liga and Liga boss Javier Tebas stated “The clause did not exist.”
Jorge Messi replied to La Liga saying he has no idea what contract they have analyzed and that the € 700m release clause was no longer active and it unilaterally ended after 19-20 season, via @RodrigoFaez
- Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden)
September 4, 2020
La Liga intervened on Sunday and announced in an official letter that Messi’s contract with Barça, and thus his release clause, was still valid and amounted to 700 million euros.
The league association confirmed that FC Barcelona was right, and also insisted that Messi has no legal basis to demand a transfer free of charge. Jorge Messi and his lawyers contradicted this in writing.
The letter said reproachfully towards the La Liga: “We do not know which contract they analyzed and on what basis they did this”, while the interpretation that Messi’s AK was valid was “a clear mistake on your part”.
Jorge Messi apparently even quoted the exact passage from Messi’s contract, which reads: “This compensation payment [meaning the release clause, editor’s note] does not apply if the contract is terminated by a unilateral decision by the player at the end of the 2019/2020 sports season will take effect. “
In other words: Jorge Messi pointed out in writing that Barcelona’s captain terminated his contract on time and lawfully. La Liga published a short reply, only telling Jorge Messi: “The interpretation is out of context and removed from what the contract literally says.”
So the positions of the two parties are still completely different. The legal dispute thus goes into the next round.
TyCSports had indicated that Messi would stay with Barça. They added that Messi wanted to avoid a legal battle with Barcelona