This is information that has shaken the soccer world. Thursday night, Barça officially announced the departure of Lionel Messi. If PSG is already active to recover the Argentine striker, the 33-year-old player was deeply marked by the statement of the Catalan club.
Mercato PSG: Messi “devastated” by Barça’s decision
After 21 years of loyal service, Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona ended their adventure on Thursday evening. In a statement, the Catalan club announced that “although an agreement was reached between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi and both parties had the clear intention to sign a new contract today, it could not be formalized due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish La Liga regulations). Given this situation, Lionel Messi will not continue to be linked to FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that, in the end, it is not possible to fulfill the wishes of the player and the club.”
The Catalan press assures this Thursday that the announcement of the club was experienced by the Argentine international as a real “shock.” The newspaper Sport presents a Lionel Messi completely “downcast” by this news that he did not expect at all. The Spanish daily explains that the seven-time Golden Ball winner, freshly back from vacation, really believed that the club’s management had found the solution for La Liga to validate his new contract.
No farewell to the Camp Nou for Lionel Messi?
Mundo Deportivo, for its part, assures that the child of Rosario is so “shocked” that he does not intend to appear before the socios at the Camp Nou for a farewell ceremony as is traditional and requires his status. Sources close to the Messi clan even reveal that Sergio Aguero‘s compatriot has not officially spoken to another club until now, as he was convinced that he would eventually sign a new lease. According to other Spanish media, the meeting on Thursday between Barcelona president Joan Laporta and the Messi clan was tense.
The Argentine genius would have made new demands that would have angered Joan Laporta, “tired of so many ups and downs” in this case. Finally, the Spanish League refused to endorse the agreement initially found between the two parties and the rest is now known to all. According to the latest news, La Pulga is close to an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain on the basis of a contract of “three years (with probably one in option) with an annual net salary of 40 million euros”, according to the daily Team.