Before joining PSG, Messi "asked Barcelona for a plane, a luxury box for Suarez, and €10 million bonus."

Spanish tabloid El Mundo has obtained information about Lionel Messi's contract extension discussions with Barcelona for 2020. Spanish tabloid El Mundo has obtained information about Lionel Messi's contract extension discussions with Barcelona for 2020.

Prior to attempting to force a transfer away in the same summer, Messi was in discussions at the time about extending his stay with the LaLiga club.


He eventually stayed at the Nou Camp until departing the following year to sign a two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain.

All of Messi's requests were granted by the club, with the exception of the Argentine's, according to a series of emails between the player's father, agent, and then-CEO Oscar Grau, Messi's lawyers, and then-Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu. 

All of Messi's requests were granted by the club, with the exception of his request to have his €700 million (£613 million) release clause removed, according to a sequence of emails between the player's father, agent, and lawyers, Jorge Mendes, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and then-CEO Oscar Grau.

Instead, the athlete preferred to have a fictitious €10,000 (£8,750) release clause in case he ever chose to leave the team.


In addition, Messi insisted that a luxury box at Camp Nou be made available to his family. Additionally, he requested that Luis Suarez, his then-teammate and friend, had the same access to a different box in the stadium. 

A private plane to ferry him and his family to and from Argentina for the Christmas holidays was another request Messi made of the team.

Messi also demanded a €10 million (£8.75 million) signing bonus in exchange for agreeing to a new contract and recuperating the pay cut he had taken during the pandemic with a three percent interest rate. 

Source : Verrasendom|Viralnews Gh. 

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