Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Messi agrees to no-fee Barca exit if Catalonia ceded from Spain

Messi agrees to no-fee Barca exit if Catalonia ceded from Spain

The contract keeps him at Camp Nou for the next four seasons, and can be extended an additional season. The staggering contract has a release clause of €700million, but if a clause in his contract is triggered he might be forced to leave for free.

The political crisis triggered by Catalonia's independence drive remains unresolved after separatists won a slim parliamentary majority in a regional election last month.

Reported as £700m, it was claimed by El Mundo that a special clause had been inserted that would allow Messi to leave Barcelona for free if Catalonia is granted independence.

Under Spanish sports law, Barca would be prevented from remaining in the country's La Liga competition if Catalonia secedes - and it is far from certain that another top league, such as England's Premier League or Germany's Bundesliga, would be willing to accept them.

A deal worth a reported £142 million (A$244 million) was announced by Barca on Sunday (AEDT), but Ernesto Valverde's men had more than enough to beat Levante prior to the Brazil international's formal arrival at Camp Nou.

However, Messi insists that he will continue with Barcelona regardless of Spain's political climate. The Barcelona ace in his glorious stint of 17 long years with the Spanish club has won everything that has to be won in club football.

Barcelona went 2-0 up in the thirty-eighth minute when Luis Suarez produced a stunning finish. Midfield maestro Andres Iniesta is the only other Barcelona player who has as many titles to his name with Barcelona. He will help us from an attacking point of view. Barcelona said Coutinho has yet to meet with his new teammates and coach, although he did make an appearance at the stadium for a photo session after Sunday's match.

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