La Liga president Javier Tebas has revealed that the league’s salary cap has been set at a level higher than what João Felix was paid by Barcelona.
“La Liga valued Felix’s contract much more highly,” Spanish media outlet Sport reported on Friday.
On June 2, it was officially announced on Barcelona’s official website that Felix will be loaned to Barcelona until June 30, 2024. It’s a dream come true for Felix, as he’s moving to the club of his dreams.
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After playing for Portuguese giants Benfica, Felix moved to Atletico Madrid in 2019 and became the club’s new number 7, replacing Antoine Griezmann, who left for Barcelona that year. Atletico had high hopes for Felix, given that he was given the number 7 jersey, the symbol of an ace, but his performances did not live up to expectations.
After a loan spell at Chelsea, Felix was unable to rebound, and ahead of this summer’s transfer window, he released a statement expressing his desire to move to Barcelona, which caught Atletico off guard. Barcelona were initially uninterested in Felix, but with the departure of one of their own, Ansu Pati, to Brighton on loan, they snapped him up on loan.
Felix took a huge pay cut to get to his dream club. According to Spanish media, “Felix said he would have accepted the Saudi offer if it was just about the money. He agreed to accept a salary of 400,000 euros ($570,000) from Barcelona, plus a championship bonus only. He is convinced he will be a good fit for Xavi Hernandez’s team and his goal is to convince Barcelona to sign him next summer with his best performances,” revealing the level of weekly wages Felix has chosen.
Felix was reportedly earning a weekly salary of €280,000 at Atletico Madrid. This translates to an annualized salary of €14.6 million (approximately $20.9 billion), and Felix accepted a salary of one-sixth of his previous salary to join Barcelona.
Despite Felix’s low salary, reports have emerged that La Liga has valued the contract at a higher level and applied it to the salary cap, rather than the €400,000 (approximately $560,000).
Sport said: “Tebas responded to Barcelona by announcing the salary cap for the first division. Some asked about the signing of Felix, and Tebas answered questions about the player salary situation.”