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Messi signing: What about the ‘fair-play’ of PSG?

Messi signing: What about the ‘fair-play’ of PSG?

With expected losses of between € 250 million and € 300 million for the 2021-2022 season, can PSG afford to sign Messi to a contract of € 40 million net per year? The French club has taken advantage of the wide sleeve set by UEFA in the face of the pandemic and the restrictions of the Spanish League.

“The French League has decided to postpone the sanctions for those who do not comply with these rules to 2023, that is, after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Until then, PSG can do whatever it wants, while Barça has to abide by these regulations, ”lawyer Juan Branco, who represents a Lyon club that has taken the signing to court, told EFE.

Parallel to this process, this group has also requested that the European Commission (EC) act ex officio alleging a “distortion” of the internal market due to the alleged violation of PSG’s “financial fair-play”, a process that could take up to a year .

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While Barça and Real Madrid have been affected by a tightening of the rules of the Spanish League, which in order to avoid further deepening the deficit of their clubs has decided to fix that the spending on salaries of the teams should not exceed 70% of his income -which in the case of Messi has prevented him from signing with Barcelona again-, in France this measure does not apply.

Although the 70% regulation has also been adopted by the National Directorate for Management Control (DNCG), it will not enter into force in France for another two years.

In the case of PSG, the club had 556 million expenses and 559 million income in the 2019-2020 season, marked by the cut in income from the pandemic. EFE (HN)

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UEFA “has indicated that it will not examine each season in detail but rather an average of the seasons from 2019 to 2022,” says Jean-Pascal Gayant, professor of economics at the University of Rennes, in the regional daily Ouest-France.

But PSG have had the planets aligned this season.

After the 400 million spent on Neymar and Kylian Mbappé in the summer of 2017, PSG has saved the compensation for the transfers and estimates that it will balance Messi’s salary expense with the sale of products, sponsorships and the international visibility that Messi will attract , PSG’s best salary ahead of Neymar (35 million net).

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In the medium term, the team will have no other option but to part with players (maybe Mbappé?).

Unlike in Spain, the president of the French Professional Football League (LFP), Vincent Labrune, thanked Al-Khelaifi for bringing Leo Messi, six times winner of the Ballon d’Or, to the French championship, which does not seem that I am going to intervene in this case on the question of ‘fair-play’.

“This unique event is the result of the strategy of the PSG leaders, who have allowed the Parisian club to become one of the biggest brands in world sport in ten years. On behalf of professional football, I thank Nasser Al-Khelaifi for making this dream possible, ”Labrune said in a statement. EFE

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