Argentine superstar Lionel Messi is finally set to leave Barcelona. This has been officially confirmed by Barcelona.
Remember, the 34-year-old Messi’s contract with the club expired on July 1. And he was also a free agent. However, Messi agreed to stay at Barca after cutting his salary. It was almost certain that a new agreement would be signed between Barcelona and Messi. According to international media, a new agreement will be signed between the two sides on Thursday.
🚨 BREAKING: Barcelona have confirmed Lionel Messi will leave the club this summer
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 5, 2021
However, late on Thursday night, Barcelona issued an official statement stating that a new deal with Messi could not be reached due to financial and structural constraints. The club said they were unable to sign a new contract with Messi in accordance with La Liga rules. The club also called it unfortunate.
Messi, who came to Barcelona as a young man, has spent a total of 21 years in Catalan city. Messi, who was at Barcelona’s youth academy from 2000 to 2003, has proved himself to be a senior in the Barcelona C, B, and senior teams since 2003.
Messi, who has won more than 30 titles for Barcelona, has played for Barसाa and won the prestigious Ballon d’Or five times. Also, many have speculated that he will be a contender for this award this year as well.
🚨 BREAKING: Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona, the club have confirmed 🚨 pic.twitter.com/r7FBG5TLDc
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 5, 2021
Messi’s destination now?
Despite reaching the age of 34, Messi recently won the prestigious Copa America title for Argentina under his captaincy. At the senior level, Messi also had his first title for the country. Messi is still fit.
Many clubs are even eyeing him. Among them, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is at the forefront. However, clubs like Juventus, Manchester City, and Chelsea can also challenge PSG.
Messi has also been linked with a return to his childhood home club Newell’s Old Boys. In any case, this summer’s transfer is expected to be more popular and busy because of Messi.