Joan Laporta explained at a press conference his reason why Lionel Messi will not continue at Barcelona and hinted that the situation put the club at risk
The president of Barcelona Joan Laporta He pointed out that he was not willing to mortgage Barcelona’s television rights for half a century in exchange for Lionel Messi to remain at the club, as it would have “put the future of the entity at risk, which is why the Argentine star will not continue in the end. in the Barcelona team.
“I am not willing to mortgage the television rights of Barcelona for anyone“.
“Unfortunately we have received a disastrous inheritance from the club and it has made the salary bill represent 110% of the margin in the club. We have no salary margin.”
“This is linked to the issue of Financial Fair Play. In the Spanish league, the ‘cash’ criterion is not followed and that is why we could not fit the first contract that we had agreed with Lionel Messi. It also turns out that the club had to be in favor of an operation that carried a mortgage from the club for half a century of television rights. I am not willing to mortgage the television rights of Barcelona for anyone, “he said.
At a press conference, the Blaugrana boss said that Lionel Messi wanted to stay and the club also wanted him to remain, however, financial conditions do not allow him to remain at the club, who is grateful for so many years of bonding.
“The entity always goes above players and managers. I am sad, but we have done the best for the interests of the club,” he added.