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Lionel Messi: Barcelona says Argentine star is leaving the club



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Lionel Messi is leaving Barcelona, the Spanish club mentioned on Thursday.

“Despite club and participant reaching an settlement and their clear intention to signal a brand new contract right now, this can not occur due to monetary and structural obstacles,” Barcelona mentioned in a press release on its web site.

The 34-year-old, who final month gained his first Copa America with Argentina, admitted in the summer season of 2020 that he had needed to go away “all 12 months” and claimed a clause in his contract meant he may achieve this at no cost, however in the finish Messi was pressured to remain as Barcelona disagreed and wasn’t prepared to scale back its €700 million ($897 million) launch clause.

The Argentine mentioned his love for the club meant he had no intention of disputing the club’s determination in court docket and dragging out a authorized dispute.

Messi’s earlier contract, which expired at the finish of June, was revealed by Spanish newspaper El Mundo to be value $672 million and made him the highest paid athlete in sports activities historical past.

“Both events deeply remorse that the needs of the participant and the club will finally not be fulfilled,” added the Barcelona assertion.

“FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the participant for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and needs him all the best possible for the future in his private {and professional} life.”

Messi, who made his Barcelona debut in 2004, has gained 10 La Liga titles and 4 Champions Leagues with the Catalan club.

In April, Messi gained his thirty fifth trophy with the club as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in the Copa del Rey remaining.

As so usually earlier than it was Messi who stole the present, notably with Barcelona’s third purpose and the Argentine’s first in the recreation.

Starting effectively inside his personal half, Messi exchanged passes with Sergiño Dest, earlier than whizzing ahead and doing the similar with Frenkie Frenkie De Jong additional up the pitch.

De Jong’s return previous discovered Messi inside the penalty space and the Argentine skipped between two Bilbao defenders and coolly slotted the ball into the backside nook.

It’s the type of genius that followers have develop into accustomed to seeing when watching the diminutive No. 10 and it introduced again recollections of the opening purpose in the 2015 Copa del Rey remaining – additionally towards Bilbao – extensively thought of one in all Messi’s best ever.

But the Copa del Rey triumph was Barcelona’s first trophy since 2019.

“It is very particular to be captain of this staff the place I’ve spent my entire life,” Messi mentioned after the recreation. “And very particular to have the ability to raise the cup.”

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