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Confirmed: Lionel Messi is Leaving Barcelona

It is confirmed: Lionel Messi is finally leaving Barcelona.

Per Bleacher’s Report, this shocking twist came despite the fact that an agreement was reached between FC Barcelona and Messi, both of them agreeing to sign a new contract today. But now, the club has said that the agreement could not “formalized due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish LaLiga regulations).”

This comes after Spanish newspaper Marca said that talks between the footballer and the club had broken off on Thursday, with the Catalan radio station RAC1 adding that Messi is “more out of Barca than ever” and he “does not like the current squad.”

See the club’s statement:

Recall that he was a free agent this offseason after his contract with Barcelona had expired, but the parties agreed to a five-year extension in July featuring a significant wage reduction for the player.

Now, the deal won’t be signed, and it is mostly because Barcelona struggled to fit the contract within their wage limit for 2021-22.

The report continued:

The team also made several key additions in the offseason, including Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia. While they may have been signed as free agents, each player’s salary needs to be accounted for.

Aguero and Messi have played together for Argentina and were both on the squad that won the Copa America this summer, earning Messi his first major international trophy.

Though Barcelona finished last year just third in La Liga, these additions were expected to help boost the club heading into 2021-22 and convince Messi to remain with the organization.

The 34-year-old will instead leave after 17 years with the club, featuring 10 La Liga titles and six Ballon d’Or awards. He made his first senior appearance as a 17-year-old in 2004-05 and went on to be named to the UEFA Team of the Year 11 different times.

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