Lionel Messi has no contractual obligation to serve full term of his agreement with Barcelona. The Argentine star striker reportedly has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave the LaLiga club at the end of any season for free.
The other players, who enjoy no such liberty, too have come to know about the “controversial clause” that grants Messi a privileged position.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that a clause in Messi’s contract allows him to leave the club at the end of any season during the span of his four-year contract.
“Leo Messi has a contract through to the 2020/21 season, but the player is able to leave Barca before the final season,” Bartomeu told Barcelona’s in-house television channel.
“It’s the same case as with the final contracts that Xavi, (Carles) Puyol and (Andres) Iniesta had. They are players who deserve that liberty, and we shouldn’t worry, as they are very committed to Barca.
“We want Messi to play for Barca through to 2021 and beyond. We are very calm.”
Defender Gerard Pique has revealed that the players have come to know about the clause that allowed Messi a privileged position in the club contracts. “I already knew Messi is able to leave for free at the end of each season,” Pique told Spanish publication Cadena Ser. “But we all know the commitment Leo has to Barca and it doesn’t worry me at all. He’s earned the right to be able to choose what he does with his future after everything he’s given the club.”
Messi has a contract with Barcelona that runs from 2017 till the end of 2021.
Messi time and again has hinted about returning to Argentina, while also assuring that his playing career in Europe will only be with Barcelona.