Barcelona say Argentina forward will not stay at club
Barcelona said that “due to economic and structural obstacles” Lionel Messi will not stay at the club.
Messi, 34, has been a free agent since his contract expired on July 1.
Two weeks later, he reached a new salary reduction agreement with the club. But depends on Barcelona selling players to pay his salary.
“Both parties deeply regret that the players and the club’s wishes could not be realized in the end,” the club said.
Barcelona have stated that Messi is prepared to extend his 21-year career at the club by signing a new contract on Thursday. And accused LaLiga of failing to do so.
He has reached an agreement to play for Catalonia until 2026, but La Liga said the club must cut his salary before he and any new players register.
“Although FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi have reached an agreement, and the two sides clearly intend to sign a new contract today, due to economic and structural obstacles [the regulations of the Spanish League], this cannot happen,” said the club.
“Barcelona FC sincerely thank the player for his contribution to the development of the club and wish him every success in his personal and professional future.”
Messi became a scorer in Barcelona’s history with 672 goals and won 10 La Liga champion, 4 Champions League champions and 7 Copa del Rey champions, in addition to a record 6 times won the Ballon d’Or.
Keeping Messi at the Nou Camp has been President Laporta’s top priority this summer.
However, the future of Barcelona, widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, will be seriously complicated by the club’s financial problems.
The presidential elections earlier this year were held in the context of Barcelona’s near bankruptcy.
The Argentine is now possibly the most popular player in world football.
Messi has long been associated with transfers to Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City. Where he will meet his former Barcelona coach, Guardiola.
The major League Soccer that Messi considered earlier is another option.
A year ago, Messi sent a fax to the Barcelona coach. Stating that he wanted to exercise the terms of the contract that allowed him to leave freely last summer.
After days, he said that he would stay.
And admitted that it is “impossible” for any team to pay his 700 million euro buyout clause.
Which Barcelona insisted that this clause must be met.
Lionel Messi: The end of an era
The 13-year-old Messi joined Barcelona’s famous La Masia youth academy from the Argentine Newell boy in 2000. And made his debut at the age of 16 in 2004.
he has played 778 games for the club. And scored 672 goals. Including 120 goals in the Champions League (second only to Ronaldo) and 474 goals in La Liga.
Collected the European Golden Boot for the best scorer in continental Europe six times.
Lionel Messi transfer schedule
August 25, 2020 Messi sent a fax to the club stating that he wanted to exercise a clause in the contract. Allowing him to leave immediately and free of charge.
September 4, 2020 Messi stated that he will stay in Barcelona because it is “impossible” for any team to pay his 700 million euro buyout clause.
And the club insists that it should be honored.
On October 27, 2020, Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu. Who had a dispute with Messi because of a failed transfer request, resigned.
December 28, 2020 Messi said that he hopes to play in the United States one day. But is not sure about his future after the contract expires.
On January 31, 2021. After the Spanish newspaper El Mundo published detailed information about Messi’s four-year contract worth £492 million. Barcelona stated that it would take “appropriate legal action” against it.
On May 16, 2021, head coach Ronald Koeman stated that the 21-game loss to Celta de Vigo destroyed their hopes of winning the championship.
Which means that they have since 200707 After being out of the first two games for the first time since. He hoped that Messi would not play the last home game at the club.
May 22, 2021 Paris Saint-Germain is “closely following” Messi’s contract.
On May 28, 2021, the president of Barcelona, Joan Laporta, stated that Lionel Messi’s new contract “was not concluded” but that “everything is going well”.
On July 1, 2021 Messi’s contract with Barcelona expired and he became a free agent.
July 15, 2021 Messi agreed to renew his contract with Barcelona until 2026, including salary cuts.
On August 5, 2021, Barcelona announced that Lionel Messi would leave the club “due to economic and structural obstacles”.