Lionel Messi will not continue with FC Barcelona.Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an aggreament 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.), according to FC Barcelona news.
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 hi all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life.
Messi has played for the club in the last 17 seasons where he has been the team’s all-time scorer over the course of nearly 800 games.
Considered one of the world’s best soccer players, Messi and the club had agreed to a five-year contract extension, but LaLiga’s salary cap rules mean that agreement cannot be met, according to CBS Sports.
Messi apparently earned $163 million per season, according to The Associated Press, which cited his previous contract that was signed in 2017.
His departure signifies a historic moment for Barcelona and sent shockwaves to the rest of the soccer world. He first joined Barca’s soccer academy in 2000 and went on to play 778 games for the team. He leaves as the team leader in goals (672), assists (305) and matches played.
He helped Barcelona win 10 LaLiga and four Champions League titles — and as far as individual accolades, he has won the Ballon d’Or six times.
Fresh winning off the Copa America with Argentina, Messi will have now to look for new home. However, he will not have a shortage of suitors.