Lionel Messi will end his 20-year career with Barcelona when the Argentine superstar and Spanish giants were unable to overcome the “economic and structural hurdles” for a new deal, a barrage that would have cost a player a fortune. Considered. One of the greatest of all time.
“Although an agreement has been reached between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi, it cannot be formalized due to economic and structural constraints,” the club said in a statement.
“Faced with this situation, Lionel Messi will not be staying in Barcelona. Both sides are deeply saddened that the wishes of both the player and the club cannot be fulfilled.
“FC Barcelona would like to thank the player for his contribution to the growth of the club and wish him well for the future in his personal and professional life.”
Messi, 34, a six-time Ballon d’Or winner, won a major international trophy with Argentina last month when he beat rivals Brazil to win the Copa America.
But there have been doubts about his continuity at Barcelona since he tried to move on as a free agent last August, citing a clause in his contract and saying the club had “a long way to go”. There was no project or anything. “
Messi, Barca’s all-time scorer, appearance maker and 35 trophy winner, finally agreed to watch the final year as the club threatened to go to court.
The player, who signed his first contract with Barcelona in 2000 when he was just 13 years old, has been a free agent since June 30, when his old contract expired after playing 788 games for Messi’s club. ۔
Last season was a relative disappointment as the club only qualified for the Spanish Cup and made it to the last 16 of the Champions League, the last time they won in 2015.
There was speculation that Messi would sign for two years and then possibly move on to Major League Soccer, although friend and former Barca teammate Neymar has said he will rejoin with him at Paris Saint-Germain. Would like to make
Barcelona is working on hundreds of millions of euros in debt and is under pressure to reduce its wage bill.
The club recently sold Left United to Junior Farpo and American international Conrad de la Fuente to Marseille.
La Liga introduced so-called financial “fair play” rules in 2013, which allowed each club to spend as much money on its playing squad and coaching staff as it could earn each season.
At the same time, Barcelona have recruited new players who were expected to please Messi, such as Sergio Aguero who joined the Catalan side from Manchester City on a two-year contract as a free agent.
Spanish media paid Messi 55 555 million earlier this year in four seasons from November 2017 to the end of last month.
The national daily Al-Mando reported in January that it called “Messi’s pharaonic deal that is destroying Barca” – a series of bonuses on image rights and performance bonuses, including the alleged net Earned 297 million euros.
Messi was lying about his plans.
He gave only two interviews last year – one in December and the other at the end of the season – and both times he said “nothing has been decided”.
But since June Laporta was re-elected president of Barcelona in March, keeping Messi in the squad has been a priority.
“Leo loves Barca and knows we are a big family. Hopefully this will help motivate us to live,” he said at the time.
The last president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, was forced to resign in October after club members managed to win a no-confidence vote against Messi after he tried to leave.
Meanwhile, bookmakers were leaning towards PSG on Macy’s next floor.
“The punters believe that the next destination of the Argentine magician will be a thousand kilometers north of Paris, the PSG 5/6 favorite will secure his signature,” said Darren Hughes of Bookmakers.com.
“For those who think the latest twist in this tragic story could be another double bluff, Messi is 10/3 to start next season at Camp Nine.
“Other options include any MLS club on Manchester City 7/2, or 11/1, even their return home with Newell’s Old Boys is an amazing 20/1.”