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Messi injury means Barça won't receive full appearance fee

Relevant, the company organising the International Champions Cup, will penalise Barcelona and not pay them the initial appearance fee due to Messi's injury.

Messi injury means Barça won't receive full appearance fee
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Relevant, the company organising the International Champions Cup, will not pay Barcelona the initial fee agreed for their appearance in Miami after Lionel Messi suffered a calf injury that ruled him out of the game.

The absence of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is a tough one for Relevant. Despite still being full of stars, nobody is in any doubt as to who the biggest star in the team is. Relevant and Barcelona have discussed the fee and due to the suspected drop in attendence, they have agreed a lower fee on cordial terms.

The Argentine returned to Barcelona last weekend and sat on the bench as they ran out winners against Arsenal in the Gamper Trophy. He injured himself not long after returning to the field in his first training session on Monday and faces a race against the clock to make the opening LaLiga game against Athletic Bilbao. He says he doesn't expect to be out too long with the calf injury.

The absence of Messi has not entirely dulled excitement around the team. For Barça Fest, eight thousand people showed up at Bayfront Park in Miami with music from Pinto Wahin, the former Barça keeper turned musician, alongside Pedro Caló. The concert was attended by Barcelona players including Frenkie de Jong and Riqui Puig and Josep Maria Bartomeu.