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Lionel Messi has 'Catalan Independence escape clause in contract'

Lionel Messi has 'Catalan Independence escape clause in contract'

According to reports in Spanish publication El Mundo, Messi's contract features an eye-watering release clause of €700million.

Lionel Messi will make his 400th appearance in La Liga when Barcelona host Levante on Sunday. The Argentine talisman signed a new contract at the Camp Nou in November 2017 in a deal which will see him stay with the Catalan giants until 2021.

The political crisis triggered by Catalonia's independence drive remains unresolved after separatists won a slim parliamentary majority in a regional election last month.

The paper claims Messi demanded that Barca insert a release clause in his latest contract, signed late previous year, which stipulates that he will only stay at the club in the event of independence if they remain in "a top European league".

The Spanish Football Federation President, Javier Tebas, has revealed earlier that Catalonian clubs, including Barcelona, will not continue competing in the Spanish League if Catalonia gains its independence from Spain, according to Marca.

Syria regime reclaims key town for securing route to Aleppo
More than 90 civilians were killed and over 200 others injured in attacks in de-escalation zones in Idlib in the past three weeks. Idlib province, on the border with Turkey, is one of the last major strongholds of the forces opposing President Bashar al-Assad.

Furthermore, they are without key personnel in Chema, Roger Marti, Ivan Lopez, Jose Campana, Enis Bardhi and top scorer Jose Luis Morales for the trip to Catalonia.

The referendum had direct ramifications for Barcelona who, on the day that it was held, chose to play their La Liga game against Las Palmas behind closed doors in response to police violence against would-be voters.

He has once again started the season a sensational note and has already netted 15 times and provided six assists to help Barcelona remain at the top of the table and outnumber fierce rivals Real Madrid by 15 points.

Nevertheless, it was back to business on Sunday afternoon when the Blaugrana hosted Levante in La Liga.


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