Messi’s transfer request last week sent shockwaves around the world.
It also created a lot of anomaly due to the unique nature of his contract which states that he can leave for free at the end of each year should he give his notice within 30 June of that year.
Messi submitted his request in late August, which normally would mean that his official time to submit the request has expired. However, the situation due to CoVID made FIFA recant their normal rules and push the official end of season to 23rd August meaning that all contracts would cease to exist only after that date.
Such a situation has put legal minds into a frenzy as now both parties (Messi and Barcelona) have a legal ground to claim their case.
In the midst of this fight, La Liga has put out a statement supporting Barcelona against Messi:
”In relation to the different interpretations (some of them contradictory to each other) published in recent days in different media, related to the contractual situation of the player Lionel Andrés Messi with FC Barcelona, LaLiga wishes to clarify that with regards to the player’s contract with his club:
– The contract is currently in force and has a “termination clause” applicable to the event that Lionel Andrés Messi decides to activate the early unilateral termination of the contract, carried out in accordance with article 16 of Royal Decree 1006/1985, of June 26, which regulates the special employment relationship of professional athletes.
– In compliance with the applicable regulations, and following the corresponding procedure in these cases, LaLiga will not carry out the prior visa process for the player to be removed from the federation if they have not previously paid the amount of said clause.”
Although the statement sounds harsh and strong, there is no legal ground for La Liga to actually block or allow any transfer and so their opinion in the system on this matter is just as useless as the breathing mechanism of fish outside water.