LIONEL MESSI might want to take a pay minimize if he extends his Barcelona contract, in keeping with a presidential candidate.
The membership captain, 33, got here near leaving in the summertime after falling out with the board.
Lionel Messi could should take a pay minimize if he extends his Barcelona keep past the summer seasonCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
He carried out a dramatic U-turn to honour his contract, which has one 12 months left to run on the Nou Camp.
However Toni Freixa warned Messi should slash his wages if he’s going to pen a brand new deal and keep past the summer season.
He informed El Curubito: “With Leo we’ll converse calmly, head to head with Barcelona’s greatest pursuits at coronary heart.
“To him, as to all of the gamers who should renew or signal, we’ll make a proposal that, in fact, won’t be possible to match the phrases that he has had till now.
“It is evident, and the members can’t be deceived, that the proposal that might be offered to him won’t be the identical because the one he has had till now, as a result of revenue has fallen considerably and it will likely be vital to seek out one other system.”
Barcelona have been hit onerous by coronavirus and need to cut the wage bill by around £171million to assist stability the books – whereas participant gross sales are seemingly.
Stars already accepted a wage lower, said to be as much as 70 per cent, within the spring amid the onset of the pandemic.
Gerard Pique, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Clement Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong all signed new deals on lowered wages final month.
Toni Freixa’s essential precedence is he turns into Barcelona president might be convincing Messi to signal a brand new contractCredit score: AFP – Getty
And Freixa recognised Messi’s mammoth £500,000-a-week primary wages – pocketing him £26m a 12 months earlier than all his sponsorship offers and bonuses – are unsustainable going forwards.
Messi was heavily linked with Manchester City and a reunion with Pep Guardiola.
Paris Saint-Germain might also make a swoop, with the six-time Ballon d’Or in a position to enter pre-contract negotiations in January.
However for Freixa and the opposite presidential candidates hoping to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, among the many prime priorities is getting Messi to remain at Barcelona.
He added: “You do not have to overcome Messi or persuade him with different issues.
“You need to look him within the eye and discuss with him to know what every celebration desires, what he desires and what Barcelona need.
“We expect Messi nonetheless has lots of soccer left to play.”