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Biggest reactions as Barcelona announce Messi departure

The moment most dreaded by many a Barcelona fan came yesterday after the Spanish giants announced that their talisman Lionel Messi would be leaving the club.

In their official statement on their website, Barcelona stated, “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.”

The shock decision brings an end to Messi’s 21-year stay at the Camp Nou, where he won 10 La Liga, trophies, four Champions League crowns and a record six ballons d’Or.

Fans of the mercurial no 10 have been left heartbroken by the news, while rival fans couldn’t contain their glee.

As the football world eagerly waits for Messi’s next destination, we take a look at some of the best reactions so far.

Sports commentator Mark Ogden wrote on Twitter:

“And Barca know that, financially and commercially, La Liga as a whole needs Messi just as much as they do. So don’t be surprised if he stays (again) after a La Liga climb down…”

Sky Sports News wrote:

“Bottom line is, it all has to do with money.”

Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol tells The Transfer Show where Lionel Messi could end up moving to but says it’s all about money ?

@TheEuropeanLad tweeted:

“If Messi has not been informed by the way Barça are possibly going to play the game here (pressuring La Liga/Tebas by releasing a Messi/Barça exit-statement).

“Then I can’t even begin to imagine the emotional state that Messi is in right now.”

Spanish football commentator Roy Nemer tweeted:

“I’m trying to make jokes but seriously, Lionel Messi is out of Barcelona. That’s it. His last match was played without fans. No proper good bye for the club’s greatest ever player. He’s willing to take a 50% cut. FIFTY. And the club can’t sign him. This hasn’t sunk in yet.”

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