Lionel Messi and Barcelona part ways after both parties failed to confirm a new contract. As per the latest football news, Messi has informed Barcelona that he will not be renewing his contract with the Catalan club.
Citing “economic and structural obstacles” Barca announced on Thursday that Leo will not return to the club. The Blaugrana legend’s contract at Camp Nou expired on June 30 making him a free agent, Barcelona tried its best to bring back their superstar but their dire financial situation didn’t allow it.
Lionel Messi reportedly agreed to a 50% pay cut, with contract details expected this week ahead of Sunday’s Joan Gamper Trophy match against Juventus. However, Barcelona is unable to sign new players due to LaLiga’s salary restrictions.
A statement read: “Despite having reached an agreement between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, it will not be possible to formalise it due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish LaLiga regulations).”
“Given this situation, Lionel Messi will not continue to be linked to FC Barcelona. Both sides deeply regret that the wishes of both the player and the club cannot ultimately be fulfilled. Barca would like to thank the player most sincerely for his contribution to the aggrandizement of the institution and wishes him the best in his personal and professional life.”
Messi, as well as new signings Aguero, Depay, Garcia, and Emerson, had been left in the dark. Following widespread coverage in the Spanish press, Barca confirmed Messi was unable to finalize the agreement, implying he “will not continue to be linked to FC Barcelona.”
Messi is widely acknowledged as Barca’s greatest ever player, having scored 672 goals and provided 265 assists in 778 appearances. He has been a member of four winning Champions League teams, as well as ten LaLiga titles.