Javier Tebas, LaLiga president, has said Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, must take a pay cut to remain at the club.
Tebas also claimed only “financial doping” would enable Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City to sign Lionel Messi on terms similar to his expired Barcelona deal.
Messi is currently a free agent after his contract with Barca expired on June 30.
The Catalans are hopeful of agreeing a new deal with him, but they must make cutbacks in order to re-register him for next season due to La Liga’s Financial Fair Play rules.
Messi’s last contract was worth more than €500million over four years, including signing-on fees, bonuses and his weekly salary.
Tebas insists Messi must take a cut to remain in Spain.
“Exactly,” he said in a call with the UK media when asked if Messi would have to take a big pay cut this summer.
“He won’t be able to sign on the previous conditions, that’s impossible. But I don’t think any European club would be able to pay that amount.”