The moment of suspense for FC Barcelona passed. The fourth financial lever has arrived and the players will be able to be registered in their entirety for the debut for the Spanish League against Rayo Vallecano. Joan Laporta did the administrative work, got money and important players to return the Blaugrana to the elite positions in European football.
Three different companies and four financial aid that helped the Catalans to continue fighting in the midst of the crisis. What crisis are you talking about? In addition to the covid-19 pandemic, which left European and world clubs for more than a year without an audience in the stadiums; the culé team went through a terrible administration with Josep María Bartomeu.
A guy who made a lot of million-dollar contracts, which left nothing productive like Griezmann, Coutinho and even Ousmane Dembélé himself. Without missing the high payments in the renewal of Lionel Messi. It is said that this contract would have completely ruined the club: 555,237,619 euros from 2017 to June 2021.
That is equivalent to almost 139 million euros per season, an expense that the covid-19 made unsustainable for the Catalans. Now, to overcome this problem, Laporta began to give concessions to companies in exchange for many millions to cover the gaps in the deficit. To the point of falling into a conflict of interest for selling 25% of Barça Studios to Jaume Roures.
The four financial levers of FC Barcelona
- SIXTH STREET PARTNERS
June 19 -Gave him 10% of the club’s television rights for the next 25 years in exchange for 207.5 million euros, that would leave a profit of about 267 million for the company in the investment area. They did not stay still.
- SIXTH STREET PARTNERS
July 22 -They were convinced to go for 15% of the television rights of the cast that by then had already signed Kessié, Christensen, Raphinha and Lewandowski. They ended up investing a total of 400 million euros, adding the first lever.
August 1 – Jules Koundé’s arrival from Seville became official and at the same time the third lever gave relief to the culé. It granted 25% of the shares of Barça Studios to the company Socios.com, a group that operates in the world of the digital economy in the area of Tokens and NFTs. 100 million euros contributed.
- ORPHEUS MEDIA
August 12 -On the verge of the closure of inscriptions by La Liga de España, the company of Jaume Roures appeared. He gave another 100 million euros for 24.5% of Barça Studios. Already Barcelona will be able to play completely against Rayo Vallecano tomorrow, but the controversy was opened for this last financial lever.
Roures is also the sole administrator of Mediapro, an association that also owns the television rights to the Spanish event and supplies the repetitions to the VAR.