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As Guardiola receives an award, Xavi's fortune taken away from Barcelona

By Liam Styles

As Guardiola receives an award, Xavi's fortune taken away from Barcelona

The economic problems have already reached the employees of the Catalan club. 

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The economic issue is what worries FC Barcelona the most today. The 'Negreira Case' and the wage bill that have not been able to lower the Catalans are the subject of every day inside an institution that a few years ago had been the most successful and wealthy of the land. There wasn't a signing they missed, and they gave all the talent they could to the coaches on their bench, such as Josep Guardiola and Luis Enrique, who worked with total freedom.

Much of this economic success is due to the talent of Lionel Messi. The Argentinian was key to the Spanish La Liga team's ability to fill its coffers in a significant way. And the successes they achieved meant that all regions of the world were interested in having friendly matches to sell out stadiums to marvel at the talent of the Argentinian player in his greatest era.

But that is gone forever. Messi has refused to return, and it is thought that he will never do so because of the way he was treated in talks after his departure from Paris Saint-Germain and the illusion of wearing the blaugrana shirt. Now they will have to watch on television as the South American star debuts in Major League Soccer with David Beckham's Inter Miami and accept that they can no longer compete financially with these leagues.

This crisis has reached the operational level.  And it could see a massive outflow of employees as a result of these unexpected cutbacks. Although there is a stadium renovation that will cost more than 900 million euros and they will have help from sponsors, the debt is still spreading dangerously. And if they do not manage to place more players in this summer market, the possibility of not playing UEFA Champions League is latent.

How much did they take from Xavi?

The radio station SER has reported that the bonus that FC Barcelona gives to its employees for winning La Liga has been cut. The cut went to the staff accompanying Xavi Hernandez and did not apply to employees who have a permanent contract, as it was already established from the beginning. Things are not improving financially and it is likely that the club could even declare bankruptcy if there is no significant cash injection.


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