Lionel Messi: it’s official, the 34-year-old is leaving FC Barcelona!

The transfer window is in full swing in the world of football. After the recent announcement of Raphaël Varane’s departure from Real Madrid, we learned this Thursday August 5 2021 that Lionel Messi is leaving FB Barcelona.

The mythical Spanish club has indeed published a press release to explain its flagship player does not continue the adventure for a new season: “Despite an agreement between FB Barcelona and Lionel Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, it will not be possible to formalize due to economic and structural obstacles ” explains the club.

“Faced with this situation, Lionel Messi will not remain linked to FB Barcelona. Both sides deeply regret that in the end, the player’s wishes and the club cannot be fulfilled ” adds the entity which must reduce its payroll by 187 millions euros to meet the requirements of the host institution of La Liga.

The end of an era

This announcement is literally a shock to football fans who have seen the famous Argentinian play for more than 20 years. Lionel Messi had indeed joined Barça in 2000 at only 10 years ! Four years later, in 2004, the young football prodigy had then made his debut as a professional. During his career at Barça, he played 778 matches, marked 187 goals, won Liga, 7 Copa del Rey and 4 Champions League.

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