Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge rejected any move by Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, indicating that his salary, and football salaries in general, was unrealistic.
The coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted football finances as clubs have been deprived of ticket revenue amid a ban or significant drop in the number of spectators at sporting events, and there have been problems in fulfilling television broadcasting obligations as a result of the suspension or cancellation of matches in 2020.
In an interview with the Italian newspaper Correire della Sera, Rummenigge was nonetheless happy for Messi as he was able to secure such a generous salary from Barcelona, with stories indicating that he earned £ 1
22m a season.
The 33-year-old Argentine’s contract is set to expire this summer, with renewal negotiations dependent on who wins the presidential election in the coming months.
The 65-year-old German said: “I laughed when I saw Messi’s contract with Barcelona … I can only say congratulations to him for his astronomical contract. But this salary situation needs to change.”
Meanwhile, Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, whose contract also expired at the end of the season, is scheduled to join Real Madrid on a free transfer, although no move has been finalized.