The Catalonians continue their financial struggles following the news of Messi leaving the club.
According to Cinto Ajram,Barcelona
player and Argentine international's wish to leave has led the team to lose an amount of €25m in their contract renewal with Rakuten. Based on what
El Mundo Deportivo
the club has lately extended their deal with the Japanese company until 2022 butMessi
's departure news played against the team’s benefits.
The sports marketing expert Ajram told Spanish press agency EFE that in their previous contract they would receive 55m plus add-ons but now the payment has decreased to 30m plus add-ons.
Ajram explained: “Money is being reduced from companies everywhere but this reduction to €30m is less to do with Rakuten’s financial position but the uncertainty on Messi’s future. “I am not sure if the agreement is now worth as much as €30m – the first agreement was signed when Messi played with Luis Suarez and Neymar, with the huge commercial benefits that brought – now two have gone and the other one wants out. “People think of Barcelona through Messi and the uncertainty over his future means no sponsorship will want to commit to a long-term deal with the club.”