Lionel Messi had intended to leave and had made an official request for his transfer, but the club management refused to discuss a possible sale of the player, and eventually, he stayed.
Some Barcelona employees hoped that last summer the Argentinean would leave the club.
Catalan team workers had a conversation with FourFourTwo magazine, and many of them found the decision of Barca to keep the 33-year-old forward as unpleasant news.
“We were upset when it became known that Messi had decided to stay. Everyone was upset. We understood that new cuts would follow so that the club could pay his salary,” said Barcelona employee, who works in one of the offices at Camp Nou.
“I love Leo and I appreciate what he did for the club and for football, but I love my family and the opportunity to have a job even more.”