Football Club Barcelona has announced that its talisman, Lionel Andres Messi will leave after the Spanish club were unable to fulfil a new contract that had already been agreed with the player due to “financial and structural obstacles”.
This was disclosed in a statement released by the club via its official website and all its official social media pages.
The Argentine almost left the La Liga club last summer after he handed in a transfer request, which he later agreed to see off his contract after a series of persuasion from the club management.
The 34-year-old has officially been out of contract since July 1 after he decided not to agree to terms over a renewal before his previous Barcelona contract expired.
However, Messi had been expected to sign a new five-year contract with Barca, which would have seen his salary reduced by 50 per cent.
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The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has spent his entire career at Barcelona, scoring 672 goals in 778 appearances after he was promoted from the club’s academy to the senior team in 2003.
The club statement reads:
“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 (Spanish Liga regulations).”