Barcelona will make a last-ditch attempt to block Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain, with the Spanish side claiming PSG’s Financial Fair Play issues are worse than their own.
Barcelona announced the shock news that Messi’s contract will not be renewed last week, with the Argentina captain later tearful when speaking at a press conference as he said goodbye to the club where he has spent his entire record-breaking career to date.
Messi’s departure comes despite a willingness to sign a new contract at a 50% reduced rate amid Barcelona’s crippling financial situation, though the club have confirmed they are unable to fulfil the agreement in line with La Liga’s fair play rulings.
Paris Saint-Germain have moved quickly in a bid to sign the six-time Ballon d’Or winner and are understood to have offered Messi a two-year deal, but the Ligue 1 side’s attempts to sign the star are set to be met with resistance by Barcelona.
Marca are reporting that the Catalan club’s lawyers have ‘filed a complaint to the European Court of Appeals’, stating that PSG should not be allowed to sign Messi based on their own financial records.
The complaint was confirmed on Twitter by Juan Branco, who stated that PSG’s FFP records were worse than those of the cash-strapped Spaniards.
“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%, while Barcelona’s was 54%. Meanwhile, the difference has increased.
“It is inconceivable that the ‘Financial Fair Play’ serves to aggravate the drifts of football-business, the instrumentalization of football by sovereign powers, and the distortion of competitions.”