I don’t know much about sport, but even I know this is a HUGE deal.
Lionel Messi, after playing for FC Barcelona his entire professional career, has decided to leave.
Messi joined Barca’s youth club at the young age of 13 years old and has been named the world’s best player 6 TIMES!!
The club couldn’t formalise the agreement they’d made with the player.
According to The Guardian, the club stated “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 financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).”
“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.”
Messi has yet to make a public statement.