Lionel Messi has decided to try and take advantage of a clause in his Barcelona contract that would allow him to leave for free, but while the club dispute that the date to do so has expired, the Argentine’s return to training could prevent his departure from the Camp Nou.
Barcelona and the club’s leaders have been clear that Messi is going nowhere, however the 33-year-old’s camp think otherwise.
The doubt arises, as various experts in the field have confirmed, whether a return to training would mean that the contract remains as it is, whereby Messi’s presence in training would render the clause in question invalid.
Opinions are conflicting, but “the reality is that, in the end, everything will depend on a social judge and the worker has everything to gain”.
Despite this, there are other specialists who support exactly the opposite, where they say that the moment Messi begins training again, which it seems that the Argentine will do, his relationship with the club will not end until June 30, 2021.
For the moment, FIFA are looking at the case from a distance and in a calm manner.
If there is a conflict and a team asks for a transfer, the player cannot request it; the right to work will prevail and it will be processed, but they are convinced that there will be an agreement or a judge’s decision.
UEFA have nothing to do with the transfer of players, but they do have a role in the licencing of clubs and the registration of players.
Due to the unique nature of the season, which will officially end after the Women’s Champions League final, clubs have been told that their Financial Fair Play results will cover the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons together rather than individually.