- Messi’s 21-year journey with Barcelona is over
- Decision announced by Barcelona club
- Lionel Messi joined Barcelona at the age of 16
Argentine charismatic captain Lionel Messi’s journey with Barcelona Football Club has come to an end. One of the greatest players of football, Lionel Messi and Barcelona’s journey of almost 18 years is now over (Lionel Messi Contract End). This was confirmed by the Barcelona club itself (Lionel Messi Leave Barcelona) has been done. He joined Barcelona at the age of 16.
Messi’s contract with Barcelona expired on 30 June and he was now free to join any club. Although there were reports in the past that despite the pay-cut, Messi will remain in his old club i.e. Barcelona, but all the speculations have come to an end.
The club said in its statement that despite the efforts and consent of both sides, due to the financial situation, a new deal could not be done and the golden journey of both was over and now Messi will be part of a new club.
Why did Barcelona’s deal with Messi break?
The Barcelona club issued a statement saying, “Despite the agreement between FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi and the clear intention of the two sides to sign new contracts, the financial and infrastructural constraints (Spanish Liga Regulations) it cannot happen. As a result of this situation, Messi will no longer be with Barcelona. Both sides regret that the wishes of the club and the player have not been finally fulfilled.” The club thanked Messi for his contribution and wished him all the best for the future.
Barcelona football club is in debt
Spanish football league La Liga President Javier Tebas reported last week that Spain’s biggest football club is in debt of $1.18 billion. If we look at it in terms of Indian rupees, then this debt is more than about 8 thousand crores. Messi’s 2017 contract was very lucrative for the world. Under that he had received 550 million euros in 5 years.