LaLiga defended Barcelona’s stance on Messi’s contract through an official statement indicating that a player cannot be released unless his buy-out is paid.
AS reports that there was no need for Barcelona to give their opinion on Messi’s contract as LaLiga has stepped in to clear up the matter by issuing a statement in which they clarify that even if Messi’s contract is rescinded, the buy-out clause would still be valid and the player will not be able to leave until it is paid in full.
Details of Messi’s buy-out clause wasn’t mentioned by LaLiga, although it is well known that it is set at 700 million Euros.
The Statement reads: “With regard to the different interpretations (some of which contradict themselves) which have been published during the past few days by various media outlets, relating to Lionel Andrés Messi’s contractual situation with FC Barcelona, LaLiga would like to clarify the following terms of the player’s contract with his club:
1) The contract is currently in force and contains a buy-out clause which can be applied in the event that Lionel Messi were to decide to terminate it by unilateral decision, in accordance with Article 16 of the Royal Decree 1006/1985, of 26 June, which regulates the special working relationship of professional sportsmen and women.
2) In compliance with the applicable legal regulations, and following the corresponding procedure in such cases, LaLiga would not carry out the formal step of discharging the player until the amount stated in the aforementioned clause is deposited in full”.
In any case, it is likely that if Messi doesn’t force his transfer, the matter will be settled in court.