Xavi got €10 million bonus when he left
Last season, FC Barcelona allocated more than €24 million in departures, farewells and compensation. It could be verified through the financial report distributed during the club's general assembly on Sunday.
According to the newspaper Ara, much of this money went to Xavi Hernández, who was paid 10 million euros as a bonus to end his contract earlier than expected. The midfielder had signed until June 2016, so before leaving to Qatar he got much of the money left to earn. A similar case happened with Puyol, who received 2.4 million when he left the team two years before the end of the contract. It is usual that when an important player retires or leaves, he gets a bonus.
The rest of these €24 million, ie €14 million, were distributed in compensation for coaches and other employees who left the club last year. For example, Eusebio Sacristán, who was sacked as coach of Barça B in mid season, or members of the sports management: Andoni Zubizarreta, Narcís Julià and Albert Valentin, who were paid a total of €5.5 million.
The compensation for coaches and players who left the first team (excluding Xavi) cost €4 million.
Finally, the restructuring of executive structure cost €3 million euros and compensation for members who left the Executive Committee, 1.5 million. The most important departure was that of the general director, Antoni Rossich.