Barcelona Lawyers Move To Block Messi’s Transfer To PSG, Lionel Messi’s move to
Paris Saint-Germain could be in doubt after a group of lawyers
representing Barcelona’s members filed a complaint to the European Commission in
an attempt to block the French club from signing the forward.
Messi confirmed in a teary press conference that he will be leaving Barcelona this
summer after a lifetime at the club, and is now finalizing terms with PSG.
Although a deal had been agreed between the two parties, La Liga rules prevented
Barcelona from registering Messi as a new player as the club’s wage bill stood at more
than 70 percent of its turnover.
Despite Messi publicly declaring that he wants to stay at Barcelona, and insisting that
he did everything he could to remain at the club, PSG appear to be in pole position to
sign the Argentine.
A deal is expected to be completed in the next 48 hours, with Messi stating that
joining PSG is “a possibility” as he looks to compete for trophies and win more major
honors in the game.
But, in a document posted on Twitter by lawyer Juan Branco, a complaint has been
filed to the European Commission in an attempt to block the move.
The statement read: “On behalf of FC Barcelona partners, my firm has prepared a
complaint with the European Commission and demands for provisional suspension
before civil and administrative courts in France to prevent Paris-Saint Germain from
signing Lionel Messi.
“PSG’s ratios in terms of ‘Financial Fair Play’ are worse than those of FC Barcelona.
In 2019-2020, PSG’s salary-to-income ratio was 99 percent, while Barcelona’s was 54
The complaint also claims that PSG’s salary-to-income ratio has since increased
following a summer of increased spending.
PSG have already signed Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi and
Georginio Wijnaldum this summer, adding to a star-studded squad that includes
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Marco Verratti.