A group of Barcelona members have lodged a complaint to the European Commission in an attempt to block Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi had been expected to pen fresh terms with Barça, only for the club to announce that due to ‘economic and structural obstacles’ a new deal would not be possible. The news brought the forward’s incredible 21-year era at the Camp Nou to an end, during which time he scored 672 goals in just 800 appearances in all competitions.
Messi is widely expected to join PSG imminently. However, one group of Barça fans is looking to block his departure.
A lawyer representing the group, Juan Branco, posted the following statement on social media: “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,” he wrote, as reported by Tribuna.
“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.”
This threat of legal action is unlikely to dissuade PSG from pursuing Messi. Negotiations are progressing well with the player scheduled to undergo a medical on Sunday or Monday. Messi joins a PSG squad already overflowing with talent.
Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma have all signed on free transfers this summer. Achraf Hakimi has also arrived from Inter. Messi will link back up with Neymar in Paris, whom he previously enjoyed a fruitful relationship with at Barcelona. It is understood that the Brazilian is even willing the cede the number 10 shirt to La Pulga.