Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona after 21 years at the club after it was announced that he would be leaving the club.
Messi spent his whole career at the Camp Nou and will look to play his football elsewhere as Barcelona ran into financial difficulties with La Liga
Messi is Barcelona’s record goal scorer assister and has won countless trophies in Spain . He has won 10 La Liga titles, seven Copa del Reys and four Champions Leagues.
Messi leaves the club as it’s greatest ever player and will be forever rememebered in Spain.
The problem now is how do La Liga replace him as he was the face of the brand.
Messi says goodbye
He nearly left Barcelona last year, but decided to stay despite the speculation about his future. He has now left on a free.
The club released the following statement on the matter.
“Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of Spanish LaLiga regulations on player registration.
“As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.
“FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life.”
The speculation surrounding where he’s going to end up next has begun with Paris Saint-Germain currently being viewed as the frontrunner to land his signature. For now, though, the focus remains firmly on Messi’s legacy at Barcelona as fans continue to mourn his departure.
He is now favourite to go to Paris with his old teammate Neymar.