Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona after La Liga club failed to fulfill a new contract signed with the player due to “financial and structural obstacles”.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been officially a free agent since July 1st, after breaking up before his previous Barcelona contract expired on March 30th.

However, the 34-year-old was about to sign a new five-year deal with the Catalan club, which would have cut his salary by 50 percent.

Messi has spent his entire career at Barcelona, ​​going through the club’s academy before scoring 672 goals in 778 games after making his senior team debut in 2003.

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A statement by the Barcelona club said: “Although FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi have reached an agreement and both parties have a clear intention of signing a new contract today, financial and structural obstacles (Spanish League regulations) mean that they cannot do so happen.

“As a result of this situation, Messi will not stay at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.”

“FC Barcelona would like to thank the player from the bottom of their hearts for his contribution to the expansion of the club and wish him all the best for his professional and private future.”

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Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth explains to The Transfer Show the reasons for Lionel Messi’s departure from Barcelona.

Barcelona struggled to cut their wage bills for the coming season in line with La Liga rules of financial fair play and held talks with vice-captains Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto in exchange for a 40 percent increase in their salaries lower for contract renewals.

They have also tried to sell several high earners, including Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti and Martin Braithwaite, but – again – haven’t found solutions for any of them.

La Liga wage caps are calculated prospectively based on a club’s financial situation and must adhere to this cap to avoid future fines. The cost of the Covid-19 pandemic had slashed Barca’s budget for the 2021-22 campaign.

It was assumed that an investment of 2.7 billion

Barca’s opening La Liga match against Real Sociedad takes place in 12 days, with Ronald Koeman in charge at Nou Camp after a disappointing first season with the club.

Analysis: The numbers are just not right …

Lyall Thomas from Sky Sports:

Barcelona couldn’t register Messi because his new contract would break the club’s proposed pay structure for the 2021-22 season – despite his 50 percent pay cut.

La Liga wage caps are calculated prospectively based on a club’s financial situation and must adhere to the cap to avoid financial penalties.

The cost of the Covid-19 pandemic has slashed Barca’s budget for the new campaign and after further talks with the League and Messi on Thursday the numbers are – simply – not correct.

A new investment in La Liga by CVC Capital Partners was announced on Wednesday, bringing hope of a £ 230m profit that would help Messi’s new five-year deal be financially viable.

However, sources in Spain have told Sky Sports News that Barcelona are currently opposed to the CVC investment because, along with Real Madrid, they do not want to give future earnings to the company.

The deal was unanimously approved by the La Liga board of directors but the clubs have yet to vote on it and this is due to take place on August 12th. However, the clubs in La Liga and Segunda do not require approval from Real and Barca to finalize the deal.

Barcelona have declined to go beyond their testimony when contacted by Sky Sports News and we are also trying to reach out to La Liga for their comment.

Analysis: money problems for La Liga and Barcelona keys

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Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol tells The Transfer Show where Lionel Messi could end up moving

Kaveh Solhekol from Sky Sports News in the transfer show:

“This is all about money, that’s what it’s all about. Messi had an amazing contract with Barcelona. He’s got around £ 100m a year. That ran out at the end of last season and there was no future Barcelona opportunity.” could give him that kind of contract again.

“The first reason is that they are having financial problems due to the pandemic. The second is the rules of financial fair play in Spanish football, there was no way to give him another contract of the same size.”

“They worked on a compromise all summer and the deal on the table was that he had to take a cut in his salary. Up until that week it looked like he would be ready to accept as his salary was around £ 50m but everything has changed in the last few days.

“We don’t yet know if that’s because he feels like he’s getting more money elsewhere, maybe a club will speak to him and say, come to Paris, we want to reunite you with Neymar, or what Barcelona is saying is true . And even if Barcelona gave him a 50 percent pay cut, they couldn’t keep him. “

Analysis: what is the next step?

Dharmesh Sheth from Sky Sports News on the transfer show:

“If you rewind to that time last summer, Messi announced he was leaving Barcelona with a one-year contract – he believed that a clause in his contract allowed him to leave for a free transfer because he was aware of his intention to leave the league. ” Association by a certain date.

“Barcelona disagreed with that, there was a bit of a fight between the two parties and in the end Messi was reluctant to stay at the club. He said he wanted to leave, citing family issues and another reason to make a final decision.” he would stay with Barcelona.

“He has had a very good season since then, not so much in terms of trophies but on the pitch for Barcelona and it seemed that all systems were looking for a new long-term contract that would even take him beyond his playing career – there was talk about life after the game, but within the institution of FC Barcelona.


“And now we have the news that Barcelona have said that he will not continue at FC Barcelona and you are just wondering what the next step will be?

“Is that it, is that the point with Messi and FC Barcelona because they said he will not continue with the club or are there still talks between the two parties because they said it could be due to structural reasons Reasons not formalized? And economic barriers.

“One wonders whether these structural and economic obstacles can be overcome and Messi still offer a future at Barcelona. But it looks like he has no future at this club.”

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