Lionel Messi will remain a member of Barcelona. In what isn't at all a surprise, his new contract contains a buyout clause. Also not surprising considering what happened to Barcelona over the summer, it's quite large. €700m euros, with Barcelona doing all it can to keep another Neymar scenario.
Technically, Neymar bought himself out of his contract with Barcelona to facilitate his move to PSG. The price tag was €222 euros, set at the time with the thinking that it was high enough. It wasn't, and the Neymar scenario now looms for any club interested in keeping their elite players.
Messi started 2017-18 in the final season of his contract. That meant he could look for a new club in the January window, signing a pre-contract for the 2018-19 season. Obviously, that was a scenario Barcelona wanted to avoid. Messi's new deal puts to rest the rumors that he was also looking for a move. At the same time, it once again changes the scope of the buyout clause. UEFA and FIFA have yet to address what was an issue with Neymar now compounded by Messi. Why is there no cap on a buyout clause, much less guidelines to turn it into more than a hedge for the club?
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