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    A fine mess Barcelona has got itself into.

    FC Barcelona has been at the forefront of Spanish football for nearly two decades in no small part because of Argentinian striker Lionel Messi.

    But Messi is now unemployed, due to Barcelona not renewing his contract, not for anything Messi did, but because their payroll is over the La Liga salary cap.

    Barcelona would like to bring the man called the best footballer in the world back, but they would have to sign him as a new player, and that will require freeing up $240 million in cash.

    Messi will land somewhere, but for a generation of soccer fans it will be strange to see him in anything but maroon, blue, and gold.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/12/s...-contract.html
    Last edited by Authentic; 07-13-2021 at 08:38 PM.
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    (dinosaur clears lump in throat) $240 million????? I sincerely hope that is not US dollars! Or Euros!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinosaur View Post
    (dinosaur clears lump in throat) $240 million????? I sincerely hope that is not US dollars! Or Euros!
    It is $240 million in U.S. dollars, and 200 million in Euros.

    Messi is due 675 million in some currency if he meets all contractural obligations. That is if Barcelona doesn't make him eat a pay cut to stay with the team of which he is synonomous.
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    I didn't know that there were salary limits on European soccer teams until I read this story. Europe is strange. They have all these socialist governments, but their sports leagues are uber capitalistic. Usually the team that spends the most wins.

    America is the opposite. We have a generally free market system outside pro sports, but take pains to achieve parity in our athletic leagues.

    Go figure. I don't know how long La Liga has had this rule. Maybe they are waking up.
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    It's soccer. Who the hell cares.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Physics Hunter View Post
    It's soccer. Who the hell cares.
    At least it's not women's soccer.

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    He is Argentinian, therefore I hate his guts!
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    He is Argentinian, therefore I hate his guts!
    You people take your soccer very seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonsqtr View Post
    You people take your soccer very seriously.
    You are forgetting about the Falklands War in 1982.
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    And/or the Hand of God in 1986.

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