Lionel Messi has left Barcelona after the two parties failed to reach an agreement over a new deal.
Barcelona didn’t have money to secure a new contract for Messi, and the player will leave the club.
Spanish outlet MARCA reported on Thursday that Barcelona president Joan Laporta was aware of the situation and the fact, that Messi was further from renewing with the Catalan club than ever before. Barca said in a statement:
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Despite club and player reaching an agreement and their clear intention to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles.
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).
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 him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life.