Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona updates: Man City linked as PSG ‘make contact’
Lionel Messi’s massive financial sacrifice to sign the contract Barcelona offered him… and why it was not enough
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Barcelona president Joan Laporta: “We had an agreement with Messi and he was helping the club, he made it easy. We had a total agreement and we can’t register it – yesterday we spoke with Leo and his father Jorge about this limit we had from La Liga”. 🔴 #Messi #FCB
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 6, 2021
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Yet, the Argentine will leave the club for nothing.
Lionel Messi is officially leaving Barcelona after changing his mind about renewing his contract?
FC Barcelona has officially announced that club legend Lionel Messi will not be returning to the club.
Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona updates. Man City linked as PSG ‘make contact’
This comes after the Argentina international changed his mind’ about renewing his contract over the financial situation at the club.
If he doesn’t sign for @FCBarcelona then @PSG_English or @ManCity would be the most likely. Both rich clubs that are pushing to be global giants. Messi immediately brings you tens of millions of fans from all around the world. https://t.co/YlJDW1U6Xv
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) August 5, 2021
He became a free agent last month after his original contract with Barca expired, though was set to take a 50 percent pay deduction from his previous deal, which was worth in excess of £425million over four years, in order to re-sign and for Barca to be able to re-register him with La Liga.
This would have meant that Messi’s earnings would have been slashed by £250,000 every week on the proposed new five-year contract.
Issuing a shocking statement on Thursday evening, Barcelona said: ‘Despite having reached an agreement between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, it cannot be formalized due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish LaLiga regulations) .
‘Given this situation, Lionel Messi will not continue linked to FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of both the player and the Club cannot finally be fulfilled.
‘Barca would like to thank with all its heart the player’s contribution to the enhancement of the institution and wishes him the best in his personal and professional life.’
Lionel Messi’s two-decade stay at Barcelona is over after “financial and structural obstacles” prevented him from signing a new deal, the LaLiga club announced on Thursday night.
Barca insist both they and Messi were willing to extend his stay, but claim La Liga regulations have made that impossible.
A statement on the Catalan giants’ official website said: “Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).
“As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona.”
It leaves Messi facing an uncertain future, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City among the teams immediately linked with a sensational swoop for the Argentine superstar.
Barcelona president to address the world
Barcelona president Joan Laporta will hold a press conference this morning.
Laporta will address the major news that Lionel Messi is officially leaving the club after failing to sign a new deal.