The publication of Lionel Messi’s new contract in Barcelona has stunned the world of football, with the complex specifics of a contract being like nothing else we’ve ever seen in the sport, and as such, Real Madrid suspects that it has breached Financial Fair Play (FFP rules for several years).
The contract between Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain and the agreement between Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus are considered to be two of the largest contracts awarded in recent years, but the value of those agreements is not even comparable to what Barcelona agreed to pay the Argentinean.
We now seem to have a clear reason as to why Los Cules are in such dire fiscal straits, especially if they paid high salaries to other star players in line with the limit set by their offer to Messi. El Mundo disclosed the figures behind Messi’s contract at Camp Nou, although it is still due to expire in June 2021.
There was a clamor from representatives of other clubs to look into Barcelona’s financial dealings in the Josep Maria Bartomeu period in the UEFA and LaLiga meetings on economic management measures, which many clubs genuinely hate.
They didn’t understand how Barcelona could be beyond the rules of the FFP, but they were battling so badly financially, with the full scale of these difficulties now being made clear by the fact that the terms Barcelona and bankruptcy are widely spoken together.
Real Madrid looked at the revelation of Monday’s shock and felt vindicated in their long-held conviction that Messi’s deal was in serious violation of FFP rules. For years, Florentino Perez, President of Real Madrid, has done his utmost to ensure that Los Blancos financially hold their feet on the ground by working within their means and complying with FFP regulations.
This is why we have not seen the distributed blockbuster contracts or the vigorous transfer market strategy that had previously been a hallmark of Florentino’s presidential tenure.
Los Merengues have always asked UEFA and LaLiga to ensure that everyone follows the rules, and they are assured that they have always done exactly that themselves.
As far as Cristiano Ronaldo is concerned, Real Madrid has lived through a similarly difficult situation to what Barcelona is currently struggling with.