The Catalan club has announced that Lionel Messi is leaving the club after financial difficulties prevented them from agreeing on a contract extension.
Since June 30, Lionel Messi is a free agent. However, ESPN reported in July that an agreement had been reached regarding a five-year extension.
According to the league’s financial fair play rules, Lionel Messi’s new LaLiga contract conforms to the league’s financial fair play rules.
Barcelona told the press in a statement: “Despite having reached an agreement with Lionel Messi, and as both parties clearly want to sign a new contract, we are unable to finalize the document due to financial and structural problems [related to the Spanish league].
Lionel Messi and Barcelona
Lionel Messi won’t continue to be associated with Barcelona in light of this situation. It is difficult for both parties to address the desires of the player and the club.
Throughout his personal and professional life, Barcelona wishes him all the best and wishes him great success.”
LaLiga determines a spending limit per club, which includes money spent on signings and salaries.
Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, Barca spent more than €600 million. Last season, this amount was reduced to €347 million, and it is expected to drop even more for the upcoming season.
For the Catalan team to be able to sign Messi’s new contract, they would have to bring in a lot of money in transfers or reduce their wage bill
But the club has so far been unable to offload highly paid players, such as Miralem Pjanic, Philippe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti, while it hasn’t been able to agree wage cuts with some of its longest-serving players.
Salary adjustments are being discussed with Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto.
The Barca president made Lionel Messi stay against his will after he fell out with him last summer.
The two clubs most closely watching his situation are Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. Consequently, they will become one of the favourites to sign him on a free transfer.
Messi and his family were close to Laporta, who served as president at Barca’s start of Messi’s first season. Now Laporta is the new Barca president, and the situation has completely changed.
A reliable plan that will guarantee Messi’s success on the field has always been the key to Laporta’s confidence in reaching an agreement with the club.
According to ESPN, Messi is unimpressed with the move Laporta did this summer in the transfer market.
Another source said there was also a disagreement over how the deal’s commissions were broken down.
The loss of Messi for the club is an important moment in its history. As a member of Barca’s academy since 2000, he has played 778 matches, breaking Xavi Hernandez’ appearance record in the league last season.
The striker has scored 672 goals in his Barca career, another club record, and has helped win LaLiga titles 10 times and the Champions League four times.
Over the course of his career, he has won the Ballon d’Or on six occasions and is among the best players of all time.