Barcelona president could ‘go to prison’ if he sells Messi

first_imgBarcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, could go to prison if he allows Lionel Messi to leave the club this summer. That’s according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, who said Bartomeu needs to do everything in his power to keep the Argentinian or face being accused of “mishandling assets”. Messi sparked the biggest transfer saga of the summer last month by handing in a transfer request at Barca, informing club officials of his desire to leave via burofax. After 16 years at the Nou Camp he is now seeking a new challenge, with reports suggesting Manchester City are leading the race for his signature. However, Barca are not prepared to let him go that easily, stressing that the player still has a year remaining on his current contract – which includes a £630million release clause. read also:Barcelona vow to take Messi, Man City to court if…Advertisement Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesPlus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On Fire6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?The Untold Truth Of Sasha Obama Messi believes he is a free agent, nonetheless, due to another clause in the deal which reportedly allowed him to leave at the end of the 2019/20 campaign. The Catalans claim that clause expired on June 10, despite the season eventually concluding much later following the coronavirus pandemic, and will therefore only sell if a potential suitor activates his hefty release clause. Messi has since taken matters into his own hands, refusing to turn up for pre-season training and Covid-19 tests at the club on Sunday. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is now embroiled in a bitter legal dispute with Barca, which undoubtedly marks a sour end to his legendary stint at the Nou Camp. Yet Balague has explained why Bartomeu needs to “fight Messi’s departure till the end” this summer, suggesting the Barca president could face jail time if he cashes in on him. He posted on Twitter: “Reasons for Barto to insist on Messi staying. The coach wants him (when [Ronald] Koeman asked Barto, ‘do I have Messi’, president said, ‘yes’. Next day Jorge Messi rang Barto to tell him again that his son wants to go). Koeman has suggested that he’s make a strong team without Messi too. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Sanjaya isn’t idle after ‘Idol’

first_img Ten years after they kissed on the “Ellen” show, Ellen DeGeneres and Laura Dern reunited Monday on DeGeneres’ syndicated talk show to reflect back on the smooch and its aftermath. DeGeneres, 49, made pop-culture history in 1997 by coming out of the closet in real life while her sitcom character did likewise. In her character’s coming-out episode, Dern shared a smooch with the comedian during a guest stint on the ABC series as a lesbian love interest. Dern, 40, recounted Monday how she couldn’t get an acting job for more than a year afterward. “There was certainly backlash, I guess, (that) we all felt from it,” she told DeGeneres, who said she was sorry and “had no idea” that Dern was snubbed in Hollywood. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He wants to be a triple threat: singer, actor and model. “Like, I really – what I want to do is experience the whole entertainment business because, I mean, I’m not just a musician, I’m an entertainer,” Malakar said. Fresh off “American Idol,” the lanky teen/media It Boy is in demand. Another stop on his post-show publicity tour was David Letterman’s “Late Show” on CBS, where Malakar read the “Top Ten” list Monday night. – Associated Press DeGeneres, Dern recount smooch Sanjaya Malakar is so famous, he can’t walk anywhere without getting noticed. “It’s really weird. I mean, I’m just Sanjaya from Seattle,” the 17-year-old “American Idol” cast-off said Monday on “Live With Regis and Kelly.” “It’s paparazzi (who) get at you,” he said, “and fans come up and try to give you hugs and get autographs. I would love to just be able to hug everyone and give autographs and take pictures, but you can’t.” Malakar was voted off the Fox talent competition last week after a long and unlikely run in which he outlasted better singers and captivated millions of TV viewers with his goofy charm and ever-changing hairdos. last_img read more