Lionel Messi, Barcelona finally agree to part ways.

Written by on August 6, 2021

Lionel Messi, Barcelona finally agree to part ways.

Barcelona say Lionel Messi will not be staying at the club because of financial and structural obstacles.

Messi has been a free agent since 1 July when his contract expired.

He agreed a new deal on reduced wages with the club two weeks later, but it was dependent on Barca selling players to afford his salary.

Barcelona had said Messi was poised to extend his 21-year association with the club by signing the new deal on Thursday but blamed La Liga for the failure to do so.

He had reached an agreement to stay with the Catalan side until 2026 – but La Liga said the club must reduce wages before he and any new players can be registered.

Messi is Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals and has won 10 La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and seven Copa del Reys, as well as claiming the Ballon d’Or on a record six occasions.

Keeping Messi at the Nou Camp had been president Joan Laporta’s top priority this summer.

The Barca future of a player who is widely regarded as being one of the world’s greatest of all time, however, has been severely complicated by The club’s financial problems.

The presidential election earlier this year was held against the backdrop of Barca being on the verge of bankruptcy.

The Argentine arguably now becomes the most in-demand player in world football.

He agreed a new deal on reduced wages with the club two weeks later, but it was dependent on Barca selling players to afford his salary.

Credit: BBC


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