Speaking of the deal, the Bayern chief could only sit back and applaud Messi for planting such right conditions. “I laughed, and I can only congratulate him because he managed to get such an astronomical contract,” Rummenigge said in an interview.

The football world needs to take a step back

Lionel Messi’s elated contract with Barcelona caused a lot of discussion, debate and even laughter, as was the case with Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Speaking of the deal, the Bayern chief could only sit back and applaud Messi for planting such right conditions. “I laughed, and I can only congratulate him because he managed to get such an astronomical contract,” Rummenigge said in an interview. “In the last ten years, we have all made mistakes because we have spent more and more on players and agents. The pandemic showed that we need to take a step back and return to a smarter model. Hopefully, it’s possible, but it won’t be easy.”

Rummenigge discussed some possible solutions, including a wage cap. “It might be a good idea, but in 2008, with Michel Platini as UEFA President and Gianni Infantino as Secretary-General, we went to Brussels to see if it was possible,” said Rummenigge. “Politicians have always told us that we would be against European law. Perhaps now is the time to try it again and fix what we have been doing in the last ten years.” He also spoke positively about potential UEFA Champions League reforms. “It would be much more impressive and lively than the current group stage, which can often be boring,” said Rummenigge. “It would be harder to qualify and more special.”