FC Barcelona fans were left reeling on Friday after the club announced that famous striker Lionel Messi might be leaving Camp Nou, where he has spent his entire professional career.
Messi, now 34, had been expected to sign a brand new five-year deal, but negotiations fell aside at the ultimate hurdle on Thursday night, with the membership blaming economic regulations imposed by la Liga.
The 36-year-old pupil and Barca fan Jose Rivero, standing on the street in the Catalan capital.
Messi, who joined Barcelona aged thirteen, is the club’s all-time top scorer, helping them claim 10 league titles, 4 Champions Leagues, and three membership international Cups throughout a glittering career.
Complete web page photos of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner had been splashed throughout the front pages of Spain’s newspapers, whilst nearby newspaper El Periodico ran with the only-phrase headline “incredible.”
“We’ve been used to having Messi for two decades and, at the present time, he is always going to arrive. Now it is right here, “said Tsvetan Georgiev, 36, a carpenter in Barcelona. “We must receive it and assist him anyplace he desires to cross.”
Barcelona might have wanted financial restructuring to renounce Messi, whose final contract in 2017, became the maximum moneymaking in world recreation, consistent with Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
However, they did not sufficiently reduce their wage invoice to stay inside the Los Angeles Liga’s economic fair Play (FFP) guidelines.
The Argentine’s subsequent move remains uncertain, and for now, he’s without a membership ahead of the 2021-2022 season.
He has long been related to a move to Manchester, wherein he might be reunited with his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola or France’s Paris St Germain, which, in line with The Athletic, has already made overtures.
Nonetheless, some observers consider that the announcement of Messi’s departure is actually Barca boldly calling la Liga’s bluff over its FFP regulations.
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