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Barcelona's Lawyers File Complaint to Block Lionel Messi's Move to PSG Over FFP Irregularities

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi has been heavily linked with a move to PSG after leaving Barcelona
Lionel Messi has been heavily linked with a move to PSG after leaving Barcelona / Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Argentina icon, Lionel Messi confirmed yesterday in an emotional press conference that he is leaving Barcelona, which has led to strong rumours that the striker will join Paris Saint-Germain soon, considering that the Ligue 1 giants are in contact with his representatives.

However, in another twist to the transfer saga lawyers for Barcelona have filed a complain to the European Court of Appeals, stating the Parisians should be stopped in their pursuit of Messi based on financial data.

The Catalan giants are not very keen to see their greatest ever player move to a European rivals, and lawyer, Juan Branco has confirmed that his firm has filed a complaint on behalf of the club.

"On behalf of FC Barcelona partners, my firm has prepared a complaint with the European Commission and demands for provisional suspension before civil and administrative courts in France to prevent Paris Saint-Germain from signing Lionel Messi.

"PSG's ratio in terms of 'Financial Fair Play' are worse than those of FC Barcelona. In 2019-2020, PSG's salary-to-income ratio was 99%, while Barcelona's was 54%. Meanwhile, the difference has increased.

"It is inconceivable that the 'Financial Fair Play' serves to aggravate the drifts of football-business, the instrumentalization of football by sovereign powers, and the distortion of competitions."

According to Marca, the Ligue 1 giants will fall foul of the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules considering that they have already signed the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum - while needing to shoulder the massive wages of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.