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21 hours ago, EMRFC said:

La Liga don’t have a say, they also said Neymar couldn’t leave...

They said Neymar couldn't buy out his contract with Websters Law or whatever that was, when really he could do.

Still think the play by Messi here is to clear out the hierarchy at Barca and not to engineer a move to City.

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21 minutes ago, esquire8 said:

They said Neymar couldn't buy out his contract with Websters Law or whatever that was, when really he could do.

Still think the play by Messi here is to clear out the hierarchy at Barca and not to engineer a move to City.

Neymar situation was a completely different scenario and has no relevance here.

La Liga were 100% wrong in attempting to 'knock back' the release clause payment and it went through straight after as it was a legal binding release clause and that's why they had to no option to sign off the registration for him to complete the move to PSG. Neymar couldn't move without La Liga signing it off. The leagues argument of financial fair play is as weak as Messi lawyers saying 'in good faith and the spirit of the deal'.. 

Both are legal binding contracts and as a result Messi will not be able to leave on a free due to a specific date in the contract, reported all over the media as the 10th June.

I'm even more convinced he definitely wants to go tbh, people close to him and the situation are adamant he's made up his mind and even if the board goes he does not trust Koeman. Suarez leaving was another huge issue to him. 

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21 minutes ago, Rangers_no1 said:

Neymar situation was a completely different scenario and has no relevance here.

La Liga were 100% wrong in attempting to 'knock back' the release clause payment and it went through straight after as it was a legal binding release clause and that's why they had to no option to sign off the registration for him to complete the move to PSG. Neymar couldn't move without La Liga signing it off. The leagues argument of financial fair play is as weak as Messi lawyers saying 'in good faith and the spirit of the deal'.. 

Both are legal binding contracts and as a result Messi will not be able to leave on a free due to a specific date in the contract, reported all over the media as the 10th June.

I'm even more convinced he definitely wants to go tbh, people close to him and the situation are adamant he's made up his mind and even if the board goes he does not trust Koeman. Suarez leaving was another huge issue to him. 

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10 hours ago, Rangers_no1 said:

Neymar situation was a completely different scenario and has no relevance here.

La Liga were 100% wrong in attempting to 'knock back' the release clause payment and it went through straight after as it was a legal binding release clause and that's why they had to no option to sign off the registration for him to complete the move to PSG. Neymar couldn't move without La Liga signing it off. The leagues argument of financial fair play is as weak as Messi lawyers saying 'in good faith and the spirit of the deal'.. 

Both are legal binding contracts and as a result Messi will not be able to leave on a free due to a specific date in the contract, reported all over the media as the 10th June.

I'm even more convinced he definitely wants to go tbh, people close to him and the situation are adamant he's made up his mind and even if the board goes he does not trust Koeman. Suarez leaving was another huge issue to him. 

From the sounds of it this is what pushed him over the edge - Suarez just got a brief phone call allegedly, Messi and him are close and Koeman is clearly a board stop-gap appointment anyway.

He's not getting any younger and Barca have been run so terribly that they need a complete rebuild. It's not a surprise he wants to go, really. Their transfers have been illogical, they need new signings all over the pitch, and even La Masia isn't producing to the same degree. Messi has been dragging them to titles almost single handedly while things have gotten worse and worse ever since Xavi and Iniesta left - he's been their entire midfield for three years while also playing RW and responsible for their goals. Without him, Suarez and ter Stergen, Barca are a very ordinary side. If he stays and nothing changes, he'll be playing for a team that will be struggling to win anything and will never succeed in Europe and his career will end on a whimper. 

They need another Cruyff/Guardiola revolution, where they clear out the decks and radically change how they approach things and how they play again. Letting Messi go now and ripping the bandoff might be a good thing for them in the long run - losing the greatest player of all time is clearly not a good thing but they will no longer have to compensate for his increasing age, his refusal to press etc, and it was always something they would have to plan for eventually.

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