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Lionel Messi at Barca is it really over
Messi leaving Barcelona

Is Messi leaving Barcelona?

“Messi will not stay.”

Barcelona’s statement issued before 8:00 p.m. (Spanish time) on Thursday was unequivocal and shocked the world of football.

The 34-year-old Argentine has been a free agent since July 1. He is ready to sign a new contract to extend his 21-year stay at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona stated that the contract was originally scheduled to be signed on Thursday, but the “economic and structural obstacles” in the Spanish league made this clear.

So what about the six Golden Globe winners? Is this really the end of Messi at Barcelona, ​​or will there be a final turning point? Why did the New Deal collapse?

Earlier this month, Spanish football writer Gilliam Balague revealed that Messi has reached an agreement until 2026, which includes cutting his salary to half of his previous salary.

But Barcelona needs to sell players to fund the deal, which reduces their salary expenditure by approximately 200 million euros (£172 million) to meet the financial fair play (FFP) requirements of La Liga, but this has not yet been done.

And Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho are still in his book.


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Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live Football Daily, Barragher said: “Barça must find a creative way to pay Messi’s salary, bonuses and transfer fees. Every time I ask them, ‘What do you plan to do? ? “At that point, can you not sign up for new players who signed up for free?” The answer is ‘trust us’.

“Messi’s message is ‘Persevere, wait a minute’. Laporta (president of Barça) is optimistic, but Messi is not so optimistic. But not once did he say it was impossible.

“It has now been confirmed that there is no economically possible way to achieve this. But I don’t think this is the end of the story.

Ernest Marcia of Radio Catalunya said that the club’s financial situation was extraordinarily critical. '' He told BBC World Service: A lot of people are still trying to imagine what life will be like after Messi.

“In fact, we heard some voices in the club, and even President Laporta said that Messi will stay. There is already a contract to be signed and the contract is written.

” In their statement, it seemed that Barcelona and May Xi agreed to that they were on the same side. On the contrary, it seems that the financial situation of the club, the regulations of La Liga… the final result does not meet the FFP regulations. “

Is this a game of power?

Spanish football writer Andy West stops writing obituaries and submits plans for a grand farewell… Although it sounds dramatic, Barcelona’s announcement does not absolutely mean Messi is about to leave.

In fact, this is not just a final and clear statement. It is actually a very risky tactical move between the club and the La Liga game of power. Its salary cap regulations prevent Messi and Barcelona from signing a new contract that the club claims they have.


The background is Barcelona’s troubled financial situation and its continued desire to form the European Super League. Club President Joan Laporta and his Real Madrid opponent Florentino Perez continue to pursue this goal.

Crucially, La Liga has just announced a major new agreement with CVC Investment Fund, which will immediately provide Barcelona with approximately 200 million pounds, enough to make him give up Messi. However, to get this, the club must sign a long-term commitment to La Liga and abandon the idea of ​​the Super League.

A few minutes after Barcelona’s statement, Real Madrid issued their statement stating that the agreement with CVC was reached “without participation or knowledge” of the club and that they could not support the company.

Laporta told La Liga president Javier Tebas: “Well, let’s see what your new mutual fund partner has done to a league without Messi.

But this multimillion-dollar chess game is not over yet. Laporta calls it “check.” But it is not necessarily “checkmate”. Chapter

Where Will Messi Go In The End?

Just a year ago, Messi said he wanted to exercise a clause in the contract to allow a free transfer, but Barcelona said he had to pay 700 million euros (624 million pounds) in fees.
currently has no such restriction.

He has long been linked to the reunion with former Barcelona coach Guardiola at Manchester City.

But because Manchester City signed Jack Greerish for a record £ 100 million, and it was related to Tottenham striker Harry Kane’s big deal, Balague believed that the Premier League title “did not win financial capacity. of Messi “.

He said: “It’s not like finding someone who can earn 50 million euros. No matter what it is, you have to double it. But you also have to pay a signing fee, which can be 5,060, 7 million “. Signed by a club.

“From this point of view, I think Manchester City does not have enough funds now. We all doubt that Paris Saint-Germain will be the next one.”

French football expert Julian Lawrence added: “I still think Barcelona is bragging. From Paris From Saint-Germain’s perspective, what they said last year was that if Messi is free and interested, then they think they already have enough

The result may be that he still stays, but they will repeat to Messi’s family, If he wants to join Paris Saint-Germain, they will look forward to something.

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