The news about Messi exit from La Liga has been all over the place but the Argentine's forced move is more of a side effect of the bigger issue. La Liga have just made an agreement with the American firm CVC for a lucrative investment but it triggers another battle with two biggest teams in the country, Barcelona and Real Madrid. The two sides have been reportedly unsatisfied with Spanish League administator's discreet attempt to create a more equal competition and adjust the league with the Financial Fairplay rules. Such new deal which has been reported to allow Spanish football to receive €2.7 billion is not without something in return. La Liga has agreed to release their 10 % stake to the Luxemburg-based American private equity firm which apparently had attempted to do the same to Italian Serie A and Bundesliga but failed.
Los Blancos was the first one to reject this idea as they saw the flaw in the process. They released a statement on this issue.
"The negotiation has been done without a competitive process and the economic conditions agreed with the CVC fund give it returns of more than 20% per year. It is this same opportunistic fund that unsuccessfully tried similar deals with the Italian and German leagues."
Furthermore, Barcelona president, Joan Laporta also made a comment about the huge risk on the TV rights for the option to join the La Liga new deal.
'In order to meet FFP (Financial Fair Play) Barca had to agree to an operation, essentially re-mortgaging the club, which would affect us for the next 50 years in terms of TV rights, and I had to make the decision,” he said.
The deal with CVC Capital Partners is considered to change the course of La Liga, which definitely include their two historic giants. It will potentially reduce the gap between them and the rest of their domestic contenders. Moreover, such might also prevent them to form the breakaway European Super League, which they are still clinging on, and impose the salary cap policy.
Those possible impacts are what Barcelona concerns now. Their opposition to the deal might not come easily as their plan will be determined on a vote by the entire clubs in Premiera and Segunda division. It means the Catalan side will have to accept it one way or another eventually, which could shut down the ESL scheme. Last but not least, the salary limit consequently halts their attempt to re-sign Messi despite the fact that the skipper had agreed the 50% salary cut. Barcelona's financial debacle with their mounting debt up to more than € 1 billion has put them in difficulty to include the Argentine superstar in the squad this season. Eventually, Blaugrana and Messi lamented the contract renewal failure due to such financial and structural obstacles. Unfortunately, neither side could do anything to tweak it although the skipper had agreed to take fifty percent pay cut. Messi's 18-year stint in Catalonia has to end abruptly and he is reportedly heading to France for his next adventure.