Barca Fear ‘Crazy’ €700m Messi Bid
FC Barcelona Fear ‘Crazy’ €700m Lionel Messi Bid
FC Barcelona included a whopping €700 million release clause in Lionel Messi’s new contract, but the club are fearing they could receive a ‘crazy’ bid for the Argentine.
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Messi recently extended his expiring deal with the Blaugrana until 2021, becoming the highest paid player in football in the process.
The Catalan giants' board included a massive €700 million (R10.3 billion) buyout clause into his new contract to fend off any interest from other clubs.
However, Barcelona director Pancho Schroder now revealed that they are still cautious about a potential ‘crazy’ offer after losing Neymar for a world record fee of €222 million (R3.3 billion) in August 2017 and a recent rumour that a Chinese club could attempt to buy Messi.
"We set up a clause which we think is enough to have Messi retire at FC Barcelona," he told Sky Sports.
"But, having said that, we thought a year ago that the clause for Neymar was also good enough to retain the player, and that proved last summer not to be the case.
"Looking at the future, I think, is difficult, but I don't have a crystal ball and these days things are getting a little bit crazy."
Messi recently scored the 600th goal of his career, with 539 coming for the LaLiga leaders and the other 61 for his national team.
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