Barcelona has been fortunate with excellent footballers over the last two decades. Players who have defined an era at the club not only through their play, but also through their dedication and affection for the club.
Jordi Alba helps Barcelona in resolving FFP issues
Barcelona has lost three superstars in the last six months, beginning with Gerard Pique, who announced his retirement from sport. He declined €30 million in deferred salary from Barcelona. Sergio Busquets’ exit was announced after he refused to extend his contract with Barcelona beyond this summer. The Spaniard had also taken repeated pay cuts while at the club. He also had given up the amount he was owed after leaving.
Jordi Alba has also followed suit. After 11 years in the first team, the Spaniard will leave at the end of the season. And, according to Mundo Deportivo, Alba has officially mutually ended his contract, foregoing more than 60% of his income for the final season of his deal, which runs until July 2024. According to prior estimates, Barcelona would have had to pay Alba roughly €38 million during his final season. However Barcelona would have to pay him nothing more than €16 million in severance for terminating his contract and thereby cutting his salary.
Alba was Barcelona’s starting left-back for a decade before Alejandro Balde replaced him this season.
Despite this, Alba’s efforts off the bench and as a substitute have been vital for Barça this season.
He finished his 2022/23 La Liga season with two goals and three assists, averaging 1.6 critical passes per game and creating 12 huge opportunities, second only to Raphinha (17). Not to mention his off-field contributions, such as coaching Alejandro Balde and assisting the squad’s younger members.
However, Alba clearly has plenty of top-flight football left in him, and as such, he will most likely continue his adventure elsewhere. His services have been sought by Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, and Benfica.
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