There has been a dramatic twist in Lionel Messi's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain as Barcelona lawyers are reportedly trying to block the move.
A stunning move to PSG appears to be on the cards, with the 34-year-old winner addressed his shock Barca exit at an emotional press conference on Sunday.
But the Catalan side have made one final attempt to stop the proposed switch.
The Spanish club have alleged that PSG cannot sign the six-time Ballon d'Or winner due to their dire financial situation.
Barca lawyers have filed a complaint to the European Court of Appeal, claiming the French giants should be stopped in their tracks to sign the Argentine based on financial data.
Juan Branco took to social media to post a statement that outlines their complaint against PSG.
“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,” the statement reads.
“PSG's ratios 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.”
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