CONFIRMED: Lionel Messi Is Leaving Barcelona

After financial and structural challenges, Barcelona has announced that they were not able to renew Lionel Messi’s contract. Read further for details.

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The long-time serving football sensation for Barcelona, Lionel Messi, has parted ways with the club, after the club announced that they will not renew his contract.

Despite the agreement with the club that Messi would be issued with a new contract, reports say Barcelona was unable to honour their part of the deal due to obstacles, including finances.

Barcelona is reported to have expressed its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the Club’s success.

The Argentina forward was free to negotiate a transfer with other clubs after his deal ran out at the end of June, but Barcelona had always maintained that he wanted to stay with the club.

Messi has been with Barcelona all his life, ending his 18-year-old relationship with the club after the deal failed in its final stages as announced by the club.

La Liga chief, Javier Tebas, said last month that Barcelona, who have a total debt of more than 1 billion euros (R17,2 billion), would not be shown any mercy when it comes to obeying the league's strict financial control rules.

Reports reveal that Barcelona was required to financially restructure in order to get the deal over the line, which proved impossible in the end as they failed to cut their wage bill following La Liga's Financial Fair Play regulations.

Messi is reported to have turned down Barcelona’s new five-year deal after it included his salary being cut by 50%.

The footballer has spent his entire professional football career with Barcelona after he was promoted from the club’s academy in 2003.

Messi has scored 672 goals in 778 games in the Barcelona colours and won a number of remarkable awards with the club including six Ballon d’ors.

The football sensation has been a free man since end of June and a few clubs are expected to show interest in his expensive price tag which includes Manchester City, and Paris Saint Germain (PSG ).

 

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