Leo Messi has been officially confirmed to departure FC Barcelona after playing for 18 years. He was sixteen (16) years when he made a debut in the first team.
In one of the the biggest days in sports history, it has been confirmed that Lionel Messi will leave FC Barcelona.
A deal to keep the 6 time ballon d’or winner at the Nou Camp is now said to be “impossible”, marking a “radical turnaround” in what were previously reported positive negotiations.
Barcelona’s serious financial problems have finally come to roost in the most recasting of with ways with club currently unable to register new signings Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero into their La Liga squad due to the league’s salary cap.
Their inability to shed wages off their bill is ultimately was has led to Messi’s departure alongside discontent with the sporting direction of the club.
The club said in a statement: “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.”
The race is now on for who will get to sign the pint sized Argentinian, who recently won his first national team silverware at the 2021 Copa America.