Barcelona director Romeu backed Joan Laporta for letting Messi go

Wed 22 September 2021 | 9:31

Eduard Romeu, Barcelona's financial vice-chairman, has endorsed Joan Laporta's verdict to dismiss Lionel Messi.


departed Barcelona this summer following his contract was set to expire after 21 years with the Catalans. 

Although it appeared that an extension was in motion, Barcelona allowed the Argentine to depart and join PSG after opting out of the CVC deal offered by

La Liga

Many thought it was poor judgment, but Barcelona's vice president of economics,


, has stated that his department advised the course of action that was ultimately adopted to safeguard the club's long-term survival.

He told 



"It was an operation that, as a club, we could not allow, it didn't fit in our economic structure.

"They gave us the option of doing it with the CVC contract, yes, but it was a poisoned gift that from an economic standpoint, we recommended not to accept.

"It would have put the institution at risk and as the president has already said, nobody can be above the club. He took the correct decision."

Barcelona was one of three teams to turn down the CVC proposal, which offered clubs a substantial sum of money upfront in return for a 10% share of future television revenue. 

Real Madrid


Athletic Club

also declined to participate, which means they did not get the funding but will not have to forego any future earnings. 

However, it meant that Barcelona would have to part ways with Messi, a move that might become important in Laporta's second time in command.



source: SportMob

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