Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona, club cites ‘economic and structural’ issues
Football super star Lionel Messi is leaving Barcelona.
Messi, 34, has actually represented Barcelona given that he was 13 years of ages, scoring 672 objectives at the senior level in 778 looks. With him, the group has actually won La Liga 10 times, the Copa del Rey 7 times and the Champions League 4 times.
He is a six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, granted to the very best gamer on the planet.
Messi’s agreement ended at the end of June, making him a totally free representative. He was anticipated to sign a brand-new agreement at Barcelona, however on Thursday the club revealed it might not pay for to re-sign him due to “economic and structural issues”.
“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,” Barcelona stated, indicating Spanish Liga guidelines.
“As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.
“FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the best for the future in his personal and professional life.”
The Spanish league needs its clubs to adhere to a costs limitation, and the coronavirus pandemic has actually tightened up that limitation significantly, with Barcelona’s costs currently cut by more than a 3rd.
The club has actually been attempting to minimize its wage costs.
Neverthless, Barcelona President Joan Laporta had actually been keeping that he was “confident” that Messi would wind up staying.
Last month Spanish media reported the 2 sides had actually reached a broad contract concerning the regards to a brand-new agreement, consisting of a 50 percent decrease in his wage.
Messi’s unexpected schedule on the transfer market will send out huge ripples through world football, with other clubs most likely to put their previous intend on hold.
English giant Manchester City, for instance, is reportedly on the cusp of finalizing Jack Grealish for $188 million. For City, the concept of finalizing Messi might put that offer on time out.
More to come.