Messi has left Barcelona. Where will one of the best football players in the world play now?

Barcelona announced the departure of Messi

On the evening of Thursday, August 5, Barcelona announced on its official website that a new contract with Lionel Messi would not be signed. It was clarified that “financial and structural obstacles” do not allow this to be done. The statement explained that we are talking about the rules of the Spanish league. Barcelona expressed regret about the incident and wished Messi success in his future career. It is not known where the 34-year-old Argentine football player will play now. The player’s previous contract with Barcelona expired in June.

Blue-garnet owed the Argentine 63.5 million euros

In the spring of 2020, Barcelona faced the need to optimize costs due to the pause in the Spanish championship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. At first, the blue-garnet players refused 70 percent of their salaries for the duration of the suspension of the championship. However, after six months, the players changed their decision, which only increased the financial difficulties of the team. In February of this year, the Spanish newspaper Marca reported that Barcelona owed Messi 63.5 million euros. Under the contract terms, the Argentine was supposed to receive 72 million euros by the end of January, but he was paid only 8.5 million.

The League’s management has banned the Catalans from registering newcomers until the club gets its financial affairs back to normal and starts saving. To keep Messi at the club, the blue-garnet bosses had to persuade the Argentine to take a salary cut and sell several expensive players.

Messi was previously close to leaving Barcelona

Talk about Messi’s departure from the team first appeared a year ago. In August 2020, the player notified the club’s management of his desire to leave, but it was almost impossible to do this because of the compensation of 700 million euros. The Argentine tried to convince the club to abandon this point, but the Catalans stood their ground. As a result, the Argentine stayed and finished the year stipulated by the contract.

After the end of the season, Joan Laporta returned to the post of president of the club. The functionary established relations with Messi and was even able to persuade the Argentine to go for a 50 percent salary reduction. In mid-July, it was reported that the conclusion of a new five—year agreement with Messi is almost a settled issue. In addition, the contract provided for the transfer of the Argentine to an administrative position at Barcelona after the end of his football career.

Several clubs are applying for Messi

Last summer, Manchester City was called the main contender for Messi. “Citizens” can pull the financial needs of the Argentine; in addition, the club corresponds to the forward’s ambitions. It is also important that the head coach of City is Josep Guardiola. The Spaniard worked with Messi for several years at Barcelona and perfectly knows how to integrate a football player into the team’s playing scheme. In addition, a specialist and a football player have a warm human relationship. The next in the list of candidates was called Paris PSG.

As a member of Barcelona, Messi won all the important trophies

At the age of 13, the forward moved to Spain and began playing for the youth team of the Catalans, and in 2004 he got into the main team. Together with Barcelona, Messi became the champion of Spain ten times, won the National Cup seven times, and won the Super Cup eight times. In addition, he won the Champions League four times, the UEFA Super Cup three times, and the Club World Cup three more times. The forward was recognized six times as the best player globally, setting a record for the number of “Golden Balls.” Nine times the Argentine was recognized as the best player in the Spanish championship. He became the owner of the” Golden Boot” six times, awarded to the best scorer of the season.

During his career at Barcelona, he played 778 matches in all competitions, in which he scored 672 goals and gave 305 assists. He spent 17 seasons for the club: no other player in the history of the team succeeded.

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Author: Oleg Ceban
Graduated from University of Oxford. Previously, he worked in various diferent news media. Currently, it is a columnist of the world news section in the Free News editors.
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