Barcelona lawyer goes to court to block Lionel Messi move to PSG

Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain may be scuttled if a Barcelona lawyer’s prayer in the court is gransted.

Spanish outlet Marca claim that a complaint has been filed that Financial Fair Play should rule PSG out of the running for the Argentine.

The report adds that the law firm representing Barca claim that the Ligue 1 club’s FFP situation is worse than the Catalans’.

Juan Branco confirmed the filing on Twitter alongside a letter.

He said: “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.

“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.”

Messi was reportedly due to be unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player at the Eiffel Tower on Monday, with the player flying to Paris after Sunday’s emotional press conference.