The moment of truth has finally come. To the dismay of FC Barcelona fans, the club confirmed on Thursday that their club captain Lionel Messi would not be able to continue with the club.
Barcelona shared. Official announcement On its website, it stated: “Despite the agreement between FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi and the clear intention of both sides to sign a new contract today, this is due to Spanish La Liga rules on player registration. Can’t be
Three weeks ago, it was reported that Messi and the club had agreed to an extension of the contract while the player was in Brazil representing Argentina for the Copa America. Barcelona president Juan Laporta confirmed that the contract could not be signed at the moment as the club is still trying to find a way to go within the permissible salary range under La Liga rules.
Upon his return to Barcelona on Wednesday, it was expected that an extension of his contract would be signed and announced soon. However, the result was quite the opposite.
“As a result of this situation, Messi will not be staying at FC Barcelona. Both sides are deeply saddened that the wishes of the player and the club will not be fulfilled in the end,” the statement added.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is now being linked with French giants Paris Saint-Germain, where they could eventually reunite with former Barcelona teammate Neymar Jr. Argentina announced last summer that it wanted to release the Catalan giants.
Last season seemingly persuaded Messi to stay, but the club’s dire financial situation has made it impossible.
“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.”