We can confirm that the FIFA player of the year Lionel Messi has left Barcelona Football Club. This was contained in an official statement published by the club on its website intercepted by CitizenOne this afternoon.
"Despite having reached an agreement with Messi and with both parties clearly wanting to sign a new contract, it cannot be finalized due to financial and structural problems. Given this situation, Messi will not continue his relationship with Barcelona. Both parties lament deeply that the desires of the player and the club cannot be met. Barca would like to wholeheartedly thank the player for his contribution to the growth of the institution and wish him the best in his personal and professional life", parts of the statement read.
According to reports from some media outlets, Messi is likely to join either Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain. However the reports say Manchester City had a brighter chance of signing the 34 year old Argentine footballer.
About Lionel Messi
Lionel Andrés Messi also known as Leo Messi, born 24 June 1987 is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for and captains the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Messi has won a record six Ballon d'Or awards, a record six European Golden Shoes, and in 2020 was named to the Ballon d'Or.
Until leaving the club in 2021, he spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he won a club-record 34 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey titles and four UEFA Champions Leagues.
A prolific goalscorer and creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals in La Liga (474), a La Liga and European league season (50), most hat-tricks in La Liga (36) and the UEFA Champions League (8), and most assists in La Liga (192), a La Liga and European league season (21) and the Copa América (17). He has scored over 750 senior career goals for club and country, and has the most goals ever by a player for a single club.
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